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Hugo Chavez Breathing Through Tracheal Tube: PHOTO

Feb. 15, 2013
Hugo Chavez with daughters Maria Gabriella (left) and Rosa Virginia in Havana. (Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
Hugo Chavez with daughters Maria Gabriella (left) and Rosa Virginia in Havana. (Miraflores Presidential Press Office)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is breathing through a tracheal tube due to respiratory problems, the Venezuelan government said Friday as it released photographs of the president.

Two months after undergoing his latest surgery for cancer in Cuba, the photos showed Chavez with his daughters.

Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said the respiratory problem persists and "makes it difficult" for Chavez to talk, although the president remains "conscious, with full intellectual functions and in close touch with his government team."



Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH


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