He is Clinically Dead , and will not be officially announced till after the 10th b/c in Venezuela's constitution it requires an election in the event the elected official is not able to be inaugurated in Jan 10th. Sorry for weak translation but the original article is in Spanish
Hugo Chavez entered in recent days in an induced coma , with very weak vital signs, maintained through the artificial a.ssistance procured the Havana hospital where he was admitted. Sources consulted by ABC said Monday that it had scheduled a next power of artificial support extending the life of the Venezuelan president . That disconnect, with results expected to die , could occur at any time.
Venezuelan officials say Chavez is still alive, although they seem to be preparing the country for the news of the death of the Bolivarian leader . His son and Minister of Science and Technology, Jorge Arreaza , said Chavez had reached the end of the year "calm and stable" . Meanwhile, Venezuelan Vice President, Nicolas Maduro , said Sunday that his situation was "delicate" .
For several days, the health of Chavezis considered critical , with its vital functions artificially a.ssisted following the operation he underwent on December 11 due to advanced cancer suffering and postoperative complications provadas by infection .
With constant fever, loss of consciousness and the antibóticos unanswered, Chavez came to the end of the year in intensive care, without eating anything solid since undergoing surgery three weeks ago, with "anus against nature" and due to intravenous feeding extraction of about half a meter of intestine , according to intelligence sources with access to your medical team. Also their respiratory functions were artificially a.ssisted after tracheotomy which was submitted by an infection that led to the retention of fluid in the lungs. That picture is completed with renal insufficiency .
In the operation conducted on 11 to remove her four crops of pelvis and bowel cancer , Venezuelan President were extracted 43.4 inches of small intestine. A biopsy conducted during surgery also detected cancer cells in the inner walls of the intestine and the bladder .
The operation, performed by a medical team arrived in Russia specifically, with the a.ssistance of Cuban doctors also found that bone metastases and spinal cord was progressing steadily. Normally this would have probably required an upcoming bone marrow transplant, but his condition deteriorated and so has not allowed more performances.
[pic - click to view] Hugo Chávez, en coma inducido - ABC.es