Che Killer Gets Free Gift From Cuba

Medical care extended to Bolivian who gunned down the hero
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 8:43 PM CDT
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(Newser) – One week before the 40th anniversary of Che Guevera’s death, Cuban Communists are trumpeting the news that their own doctors recently saved the eyesight of the Bolivian who pulled the trigger. A Cuban program offering free surgery in Latin America removed cataracts from the eyes of Mario Teran, the sergeant who killed the captured Che after drawing the short straw, the BBC reports.

The Cuban party organ is bragging that the executioner can “once again appreciate the colors of the sky” due to a way of life embodied by the revolutionary hero he executed. News of the operation first came to light when Teran’s son wrote a Bolivian newspaper with thanks for Havana’s generosity.