Hugo Chavez overcomes infection, treatment continues in Cuba
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix during a televised speech form his office at Miraflores Presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (Miraflores Press Office / Marcelo Garcia)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, January 26, 2013 6:17PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, January 26, 2013 6:18PM EST
SANTIAGO, Chile - Venezuela's government says President Hugo Chavez has begun additional treatment after surviving complications from cancer surgery in Cuba more than six weeks ago.
Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said on the sidelines of a summit meeting in Chile that when Chavez underwent surgery on Dec. 11, a "malignant lesion" with severe complications was removed from the pelvis.
Villegas said that Chavez has overcome a severe respiratory infection that set in after the surgery, although he still has "a certain degree of respiratory insufficiency" and is being treated for that.
Villegas said for the first time that doctors have begun to apply, in his words, "systemic medical treatment" for his illness. He didn't give details.