Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's days are coming to an end. It was revealed by his doctors that the leader suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people.
According to a Venezuelan physician, José Marquina, who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information:
“He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one…The people with a condition of this nature have difficulty eating and, of course, they end up with total deficit in their neurologic capacities.”
Rumors about Castro’s health have circulated consistently in social networks and the media; even last week many speculated that the former Cuban leader was dead, although his son squashed those stories saying that his father was alive and well.
As reported by the Miami Herald:
Castro is in his home in El Laguito, Havana, receiving constant and specialized medical care, Marquina said.
The idea of the Cuban authorities and Castro’s family is to maintain him alive and far from public view, the doctor said.
“He could last weeks like that, but what I can say is that we’ll never again see him in public,” said Marquina in a telephone interview from Naples.
Castro receives no therapy to improve his condition because his neurological state does not allow it, Marquina added. Marquina described Castro’s condition as “very close to a neurovegetative state.”
“He is not receiving artificial respiration and is not connected to tubes, as some have said. What’s probably true is that Castro is being fed through nasogastric tubes,” Marquina said.
He said that the death of patients with this type of clinical picture is generally caused by respiratory complications and irreversible infections.
The former ruler is staring death in the eyes. Stay tuned for more updates.
SOURCE: Miami Herald