As time passes those who were witnesses will be responsible for lifting the veil that the government of Caracas remained about the health of the Commander and President Hugo Chavez Frias.
For now the head of the Presidential Guard, Jose Ornella, who was one of the military closer to Hugo Chavez, and accompanied him during the revolution, gave the first information, revealing that he died of a “massive heart attack” as described by The Associated Press.
“He could not speak, but he said it with his lips. ‘I do not want to die.” The cancer was quite advanced “that defeated him,” said Ornella. “He suffered a lot, we were beside him…. He suffered much with this disease. Well we will write the story,” added the officer.
Daniel Lozano from Caracas, wrote for El Comercio newspaper that the history of the disease and the agony of Chavez was told in chapters by a daring young journalist, Nelson Bocaranda
The President after several days in critical condition, was unplugged at 3 pm on the ventilator that kept him alive artificially. He only lasted until 4.25pm.
It all began with a sore knee in the first months of 2011, Chavez would not believe two doctors who warned of the seriousness of his illness. He continued with his regular activities until June of that year. After suffering from several ailments Chavez chose to go to Cuba to make his illness a secret of state, supported by his allies Fidel and Raul Castro.
The severity of his cancer and impending surgery forced Chavez to report on the tumour, which he described as “a strange formation in the pelvic region.”
Cuban doctors failed at first diagnosis of pelvic abscess and had a second surgery in June 20, 2011, they removed a tumour about the size of “a baseball“, which had already surpassed the inside of his bladder. It is believed that during this operation the whole organ was removed. The operation to hide the disease was already ongoing .
He decreed a state secret like the one applied in Cuba since 2006 with Fidel Castro’s illness. Why? Maduro confessed in December “the disease has always been determined by the struggle of ideas“. A political battle that included the presidential elections one year ahead.
Thus the secret of the type of cancer was kept, as the the affected organs, the surgical operations performed, the extension and the metastasis in his body.
Chavez repeatedly declared himself cancer-free after receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which was not true. He had to present himself as a man of health and vigor to continue the political struggle and remain in power, in order to win the election.
He participated in the campaign to continue in power after 14 years with sporadic appearances, while he indulged propaganda and mobilization of the state apparatus.
On October 7, 2013, he won the election, defeating his opponent Henrique Capriles with more than a million votes … as registered in El Comercio, Chavez’s photograph in the rain, at the end of his last rally in Caracas, is the one of a man haunted by pain.
He could not take office, and had to travel to Cuba again, fully aware that it would be his last trip, so at a press conference asked the Venezuelan people, before leaving, to elect Nicolas Maduro as his “successor“.
The severity of the condition of Bolivarian leader forced Maduro to inform his critical state of health, and despite this, they even published a fake photo that nobody thought was true, since it was an open secret that Hugo Chavez was dying.
So they decided to bring him to Caracas early in the morning to die in his homeland as it happened, after trying to keep secret the critical state of the Commander.
Hugo Chavez achieved his goal, as President of Venezuela die and receive the highest honors of his office. To turn his life into a living legend to enter history as one of the great leaders of the socialist world, who was embalmed to be remembered by his people “forever“.