July 3rd, 2010
06:08 PM ET

Report: Cuban hunger striker 'in danger of dying'

Cuban opposition activist and longtime hunger striker Guillermo Farinas is "in danger of dying," state media reported on Saturday.

In a rare move, a Cuban state-run website - Cubadebate - published an interview with Armando Caballero, head of intensive care at Arnaldo Milian Castro University Hospital where Farinas is being treated.

Caballero said Farinas is "conscious [and] oriented," but his frail condition has doctors "on edge," according to the website.

Caballero also said that Farinas has gained weight because of vitamins and nutrients being fed to him intravenously, despite the fact he has abstained from solid food for more than 120 days. The article touted the high level of care the 48-year-old psychologist and writer has reportedly been receiving at the hospital near his home in Santa Clara.

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