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Castro surgery seems to have been botched: experts
Spanish report says Castro in grave state after failed surgery | World news | The Guardian
Fidel Castro may not recover from complications after three failed operations to treat an intestinal infection, a Spanish newspaper reported yesterday. The doctor did not respond to yesterday's report but his secretary told Reuters that he stood by his statement. A Cuban diplomat in Madrid called the report a lie. The island's authorities have treated their leader's condition as a state secret but insisted he will return to power. Mr Castro's intestine bled copiously last summer, it said, prompting the removal of part of his large intestine. During a second operation to clean up the infection doctors removed the remainder of the large intestine and created an artificial anus. But this operation also failed and Mr Castro's bile duct became inflamed, leading to cholecystitis, an inflammation of the gall bladder that can be fatal.
Spanish newspaper: Castro prognosis 'very grave'
According to unnamed medical sources that El Pais said are familiar with Castro's case, Castro decided against undergoing an ileostomy -- in which an artificial anus is opened to the abdomen -- when he had problems with diverticulitis in July. Instead, El Pais said, he underwent a trickier operation to connect part of the colon to the rectum. The newspaper said Castro chose that option because he hoped it would put him back on his feet faster, rather than triggering a prolonged recovery during which he would have to wear a surgical bag. According to El Pais, complications developed, including the fact that the wound did not heal properly. That led to other problems including peritonitis, or the inflammation of the abdominal cavity, which resulted in at least two further operations.
Speculation over the health of Cuba's President, Fidel Castro, reached a new level of intensity yesterday after a report in a Spanish newspaper that he remained gravely ill following three failed operations last July to treat intestinal infections. But yesterday he denied he was the source of the story, warning that any information not released directly by Mr Castro's own medical team "is without foundation". A Cuban diplomat in Madrid dismissed the report as "a lie, an invented story". Since Mr Castro handed control of Cuba to his brother, Raul, on 26 July, his illness has been treated as a state secret by the regime.