Latin America

Chavez will return home after physical therapy sessions

Hugo_Chavez_in_Guatemala-300x220Doctors have prescribed physical therapy sessions for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as the final recovery stage before he can return home.

Bolivian President Evo Morales who has close contacts with the physicians responsible for the recovery of Chavez in Cuba said on Tuesday that the ailing president has almost reached a state of full-recovery.

“I communicated with Cuba and, brothers and sisters, we have good news about our brother, President Hugo Chavez. He is already undergoing physical therapy to return to his country,” Morales said in a speech in parliament.

“I’m certain that soon we [Chavez and Morales] will be [together again] at presidential summits,” Morales added.

According to local reports, a medical team would be kept on standby at a military hospital in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, upon the Venezuelan president’s return.

The lifting news comes only a day after Foreign Minister Elias Jaua visited Chavez in Havana and said the president was in high spirits and gave orders on the country’s participation in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit for this week in Chile.

“Compatriots just leaving a meeting with our Commander President Hugo Chavez. We shared some jokes and laughed,” Jaua said in an online statement.

On Sunday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a statement that the Venezuelan leader’s “vital signs and organ function are stabilizing, he is conscious and gaining strength for the next stage.”

The 58-year-old Venezuelan president traveled to Havana on December 10 for a fourth operation after his cancer reappeared, despite a year and a half of treatment.

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