Venezuela VP: Chavez in a 'battle' for life, but conscious
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez speaks to the media at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday July 22, 2010. (AP / Fernando Llano)
Published Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:52PM EST
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's vice-president says that President Hugo Chavez is conscious and progressively recovering more than a week after cancer surgery in Cuba.
Nicolas Maduro says in a televised speech that Chavez is doing well following the complicated surgery. Maduro also reiterated that Chavez is, in his words, "fighting a great battle ... for his life, for his health."
Maduro read a statement during a speech in central Guarico state, saying Chavez has continued with "complete rest" and treatment for a respiratory infection.