Chavez temporarily having trouble speaking, Venezuelan official says
Chavez acknowledges supporters on the streets of Caracas in February of last year.
February 15th, 2013
10:53 AM ET

Chavez temporarily having trouble speaking, Venezuelan official says

[Updated at 11:24 a.m. ET] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is temporarily having difficulty speaking following a procedure in which doctors inserted a tracheal tube, Venezuela's communications minister said Friday.

Chavez is going through a difficult recovery period following his recent cancer surgery, Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said at a news conference. Villegas displayed a picture of Chavez in his hospital bed surrounded by his children.

Chavez hasn't appeared in public or on national television since he went to Cuba for cancer surgery in December.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Well, good grief, who wouldn't have trouble speaking after that?

    February 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Oh, I would never want to deliberately want to cause anyone grief over the use of the word "grief". I shall try not to cause you anymore grief by using the word grief.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Used what? The word "grief"?
    And I used it 4 times; 5, actually, including this "grief". Oops, 6.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Heymann

    Good grief!

    February 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lweba

    Dear Mr. Chaves why don't you go, the news media including CNN are making money out your ....are you really sick?

    February 16, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. NYC Fitness Events

    Poor guy, I hope he fully recovers quickly. Having trouble speaking as a president is probably so frustrating!

    January 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |