Excerpts of column Runrunes (Rumors) of December 18
Contrary to what was spread in social networks, no tubes have been put into Chávez and no screws have been adjusted in his weakened vertebrae
THE PATIENT. After the timely startup with bulletins read out in compulsory simultaneous broadcasts by Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas, on Saturday and Sunday the truth would be masked again for us. Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza told us he had spoken with his father in law (President Hugo Chávez) quite a few times; that he had made appeals for unity and voting and even sent his regards to the attendants at the Alba Summit, let alone that Fidel Castro visited him in sickbed. Visits are banned at Cimeq intensive care unit. Only his closest relatives have come in his cubicle to see him. The trumpeted visits by presidents have been declined until further notice. Having moved to his room, the president was somewhat quieter; there, his family could share more time with him. Ups and downs in his recovery included bleeding confirmed and conceded in the official notice, respiratory disturbances, going in and out a coma, and continued pain in the areas hit by the disease. For the time being, he cannot talk. However, contrary to what was spread in social networks, no tubes have been put into him and no screws have been adjusted in his weakened vertebrae. While Arreaza told white lies, the extreme untruth of ex candidate for Amazonas state governor Nicia Maldonado won the prize. She reasserted that she had seen a picture of the president standing up and getting well. Such an outrageous remark led Vice-President Nicolás Maduro issue a notice. "We have not directly contacted him," he said, and promised to bring information "as soon as it is available." Well done!
At first she agreed that I use her real name, that she had no problems with that at all. After all, living with HIV had driven her to help others – as a workshop facilitator giving talks and conducting seminars, or as a volunteer for local AIDS Service Organizations like Acción Solidaria (Solidary Action) and Mujeres Unidas por la Salud (Women United for Health, or Musa), a support group network for HIV-positive women. But when we were well into the interview, the realization that she might lose her private health insurance coverage made her change her mind.