Times On Line, Great Britain
December 26, 2006
By Times Online and agencies
A leading Spanish surgeon who has just returned from treating Fidel Castro in Havana said today that the Cuban leader does not have cancer.
José Luis García Sabrido, chief surgeon at Madrid’s Gregorio Marañón hospital, flew to the Cuban capital on Thursday to examine the 80-year-old leader.
Today, he said that the President was suffering from a digestive condition, but was amazed at Mr Castro’s good spirits and health.
"He has his intellectual activity intact, I’d say fantastic given the recovery from the previous surgery," Dr García Sabrido said.
"He does not have cancer, he has a problem with his digestive system," the surgeon added. "His condition is stable. He is recovering from a very serious operation. It is not planned that he will undergo another operation for the moment."
Mr Castro, 80, has not appeared in public since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery in July. Since then, there has been little information about his condition.
The President has placed his younger brother, Raúl, in charge of the Government. President Chávez of Venezuela, a close ally of the Cuban communist leader, recently denied reports that Mr Castro was suffering from cancer.
Dr García Sabrido has operated on important personalities in the past and is very prestigious in Spain and abroad. He is highly regarded by the Cuban Government and recently addressed a surgery conference on the Caribbean island.