Dec. 14 - Vigils are held for the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba. Sarah Sheffer reports.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's condition is improving after his latest surgery in Cuba, says Vice President Nicolas Maduro in a televised address. Tuesday's surgery in Havana was the leader's fourth operation since mid-2011 for cancer in his pelvic region. In a strong showing of support, over 3,000 of the country's top military and government officials attended a mass in Caracas on Thursday. And a vigil was held in Havana. Chavez credits Cuban leader Fidel Castro with saving his life, saying it was he who noticed his ill health and urged him visit a doctor. Since then, the 58-year old South American leader has sought treatment in Cuba. In a state TV campaign Venezuelan officials are cautiously preparing people for the possibility that Chavez may not survive. One spot opens with Chavez's voice thundering "I am no longer myself, I am the people," followed by Venezuelans of all ages telling the camera: "I am Chavez." Chavez's health has deteriorated dramatically since he won re-election two months ago.