LA HABANA (AP) — Los rumores sobre la salud de Fidel Castro volvieron a circular el viernes, pese a una carta del veterano ex gobernante publicada por los medios estatales de comunicación, y a que sus familiares en Cuba y Estados Unidos niegan que se encuentre al borde de la muerte.

Las redes sociales y algunos medios informativos han difundido las declaraciones de un médico venezolano, quien afirmó que Castro, de 86 años, ha sufrido una apoplejía masiva, se encuentra en estado vegetativo y sólo le quedan varias semanas de vida.

Pero el doctor, José Rafael Marquina, ya hizo antes afirmaciones que no se atuvieron a la realidad.

Marquina dijo al diario madrileño ABC que Castro ha sufrido "una embolia masiva en la arteria cerebral derecha" y aunque no se encuentra conectado a un pulmotor, está "moribundo" en su residencia de un club de campo al oeste de La Habana.

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Marquina indicó además que el presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez viajó inesperadamente a La Habana para visitar a su amigo y aliado, relato que no pudo ser verificado.


Contactado por The Associated Press, Marquina dijo que sus Fuentes están en Venezuela pero se negó a identificarlas ni explicó como tenían acceso a esa información sobre la salud de Castro. Indicó además que recibió pruebas de respaldo en la red social Twitter, pero sin indicar de quién.


En abril, Marquina dijo que Chávez, que ha librado una lucha contra un cáncer no precisado, se encuentra "en sus últimos días" y no duraría hasta noviembre. A menos de dos semanas de llegar noviembre, el líder venezolano dijo que se ha recuperado y aparece con frecuencia en público.


La salud de Castro se considera un asunto de seguridad nacional en Cuba, cuyo gobierno ha divulgado pocos detalles.


Los rumores de que el ex presidente murió o se encuentra agonizando han circulado durante años, pero cobraron fuerza cuando no apareció en público felicitando a Chávez el 7 de octubre por su victoria electoral.


Castro no ha sido visto en público desde marzo, cuando recibió al Papa Benedicto XVI. Además, dejó de escribir sus artículos de prensa, el último de los cuales apareció en junio.

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  • ABC.es

    Fidel Castro, en estado «moribundo» según desvela a ABC el médico venezolano José Rafael Marquina http://t.co/CXvXd42o

  • Candidman

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  • Adrián Camacho

    Crecen los rumores que #FidelCastro ha muerto!

  • Enrique A. Burgos

    Jajaja lei un tweet q decia q #FidelCastro se está muriendo x ser dictador jajaja ese viejito se esta muriendo de eso de viejito #AsiDeFacil

  • laratahabanera

    #cuba, dicen que FidelCastro cayó en estado neurovegetativo cuando se entero de las reformas migratoria, ni la #moringa lo salva de esta.

  • Nelly Quevedo S.

    #FidelCastro: rumores señalan que habría sufrido derrame cerebral

  • Julio Aguilar

    Qué saben sobre la muerte de Fidel Castro? Derrame cerebral? estado vegetal? sólo rumores? #FidelCastro

  • Franco Muñoz

    Esperando que se confirme o desmienta la muerte de #FidelCastro #Cuba cc @biobio

  • Héctor R. Herrera

    #FuertesIndicios rumorean y casi confirman que el mítico #FidelCastro ha muerto. ¿será?

  • ♥ @dycgomez ♥

    RT @Pajaropolitico: De nueva cuenta hay un rumor sobre la salud de Fidel #Castro. Dicen que le dio un derrame cerebral http://t.co/x7qIh49N

No hubo comentarios del gobierno cubano, pero una carta atribuida a Castro fue publicada el jueves por los medios estatales. En ella felicitaba a los nuevos graduados de medicina con ocasión del 50mo aniversario de su facultad.


Dos familiares de Castro negaron recientemente que se encuentre grave. Juanita Castro, Hermana del ex dirigente comunista, dijo a la AP en Miami que las informaciones sobre el estado de su hermano son meros rumores absurdos.


Su hijo Alex Castro dijo a los reporteros de un semanario cubano que su padre está bien, y sigue su vida diaria.


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La redactora de Associated Press Gisela Salomon contribuyó en Miami a este artículo.


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Paul Haven está en Twitter: www.twitter.com/paulhaven

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