Dec. 24 - Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro says President Hugo Chavez's health is improving after surgery. Sunita Rappai reports.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is improving after surgery, according to Vice President Nicolas Maduro. Chavez - seen here departing Venezuela for surgery in Cuba two weeks ago - has not been heard from following a fourth operation for an unspecified cancer in the pelvic region. The government had said he suffered post-operatory complications including unexpected bleeding and a lung infection, but offered few details about his actual condition. But Maduro said he'd had a 20-minute phone conversation with Chavez and the president was walking and exercising as part of his treatment. He also sent a special Christmas greeting to the children of Venezuela and "a Merry Christmas to our nation and all the peoples of the Armericas, the Caribbean and brother nations," Maduro said. In a speech to the nation before he left for surgery, Chavez named Maduro his successor, should he become incapacitated.