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FIDEL CASTRO EITHER NEAR DEATH OR JUST FINE FOLLOWING POSSIBLE STROKE OR NOTHING AT ALL
October 19 2012
Havana, Cuba – Much of the mystique of Fidel Castro has been exactly that. More than anything, past the revolution, past the Presidency, Cuba has been consumed for years by the cult of personality that Castro created, something which has allowed him to succeed against incredible odds for sixty years.
That mystique, though, has been challenged in recent years following revelations about his declining health. Though he has been out and about, despite most expectations, it has been clear that he is not well. That, in turn, has started to tarnish the reputation of the man for many, making him very human and thus very ordinary.
Now a new rumour regarding the former President’s health has started to circulate following comments from a Venezuelan doctor stating that Castro has had a massive stroke and been left in a vegetative state near death. Cuban officials have denied any such thing has happened and have even published a letter reputedly from Castro himself, denying that he is near death all of which has left Cubans in pretty much the same state they have been for sixty years, kind of confused and happy and sad at the same time.
“He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one. The people with a condition of this nature have difficulty eating and, of course, they end up with total deficit in their neurologic capacities,” said doctor Jose Marquin who has not actually treated Castro directly, apparently.
Castro reportedly sent a letter on Wednesday on a completely unrelated manner which was published in multiple media outlets which would seem to indicate he is fine.
Marquin has, in the past, made a number of claims about the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez which are mostly untrue.
“Obviously Castro is going to die at some stage, he is not immortal despite it seeming that way at times. I mean he has lived through so much and endured so many thing that one would think that he had earned immortality but that is very unlikely, well night impossible I would say,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander.
“He will die eventually and that’s just the way it’s going to be but it’s looking more and more like that time is not now, though everyone could be lying, but of course the doctor could be lying, everyone could be lying because people can do that with a great deal of ease actually.”
Rumours about Castro’s health have been circulating for weeks but there are always rumours about Castro.
“He may be ill an may die soon or he may be fine, at least as fine as he’s been recently and then all of this goes away. The truth is we just don’t know that he is sick and until those rumours can be confirmed we kind of have to the official word on it despite what we might wish,” continued Hander. “People have been wishing Castro dead for years so starting that anew won’t really help all that much. It’s going to take a lot to kill that man, I can tell you, and wishing and hoping is not going to do it.”
It’s not clear how many people are hoping that Castro is fine.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent