Chavez's 'Complex' Cancer Surgery a Success

It's his 4th since June 2011

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 12, 2012 2:11 AM CST

(Newser) – In a surgery described by his tapped successor as "complex," Cuban surgeons were indeed able to remove cancerous tissue from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. VP Nicolas Maduro called the six-hour operation a "complete success," adding, "we've lived through complex moments of tension." Some of those moments were spent at a vigil, where Maduro and Chavez supporters sang the national anthem—over a recording of Chavez doing the same. The BBC reports that it was the president's fourth surgery for cancer since June 2011; the latest came after tests identified cancerous cells, once again, in the pelvic region.

A person holds up images of Venezuela's President Hugo.
A person holds up images of Venezuela's President Hugo.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A person holds an image of the Venezuelan saint Jose Gregorio Hernadez  as people gather to pray for Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.
A person holds an image of the Venezuelan saint Jose Gregorio Hernadez as people gather to pray for Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
People, one holding an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, gather to pray for him at Simon Bolivar square in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
People, one holding an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, gather to pray for him at Simon Bolivar square in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A man holds up an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as people gather to pray for him at Simon Bolivar square in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
A man holds up an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as people gather to pray for him at Simon Bolivar square in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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