Hugo Chavez Suffers Surgery Complications

But he's reportedly improved after bleeding

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 13, 2012 5:03 PM CST

(Newser) – Venezuela doesn't seem to be trying to sugar-coat reports about Hugo Chavez's recovery from cancer surgery: The nation's information minister said today that Chavez suffered bleeding during the operation that required "corrective measures" to fix. However, Chavez has been making "favorable" progress since then, he added. The general tone of progress reports has been "unusually frank," says AP, and Reuters reads between the lines:

  • "The ashen faces of cabinet ministers and somber tone of their terse official statements since Tuesday's surgery appear to suggest top government officials are preparing for the worst. "

A person holds an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas.
A person holds an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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