May 23, 2013
Brazil-Venezuela: Rousseff offers Chávez medical help
Brazilian President Dilma Roussef offered today Venezuela leader Hugo Chávez her support over the mandate’s battle against cancer. According to the Presidential House press Secretary, Rousseff expressed her sentiments during a phone call conversation held this morning. The Brazilian leader offered Chavez to send specialists to Caracas to help him overcome the disease.
Rousseff also invited him to be treated in Brazil “if necessary”, spokesman for the Presidency, Rodrigo Baena, said. Last week, during a meeting with his counterpart in Caracas, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, had already made the same offer as Roussef’s.
In 2009, Dilma Rousseff was treated for lymphoma cancer at one’s of the countries’ top facilities, the Sirio Libanés Hospital, in Sao Paulo. Paraguayan President, Fernando Lugo, also underwent treatment at the medical facility. Recently diseased Brazililian former vice president, Jose de Alencar, was treated as well for stomach cancer at the medical center in a battle that stretchered for years.
According to the official press, during the 10 minute conversation, President Chávez thanked Brazil for its solidarity and vowed to ask his doctors about the possibility of travelling to neighboring country.
56-year-old Chávez has returned to Venezuela five days ago after being treated in Cuba for eighteen days. Chávez arrived in Cuba on June 8 for what ostensibly was a previously scheduled visit. He has said he underwent an initial surgery on June 11 to have a pelvic abscess removed. After much speculation, the mandate admitted to have been treated for cancer.