Surgeon declares that Fidel Castro does not have cancer

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz in October 2006
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José Luis García Sabrido, the chief surgeon at Gregorio Marañón hospital in Madrid who treated 80-year-old Fidel Castro last week, announced that the intestinal bleeding which led to surgery was not caused from cancer. Rather, he had a "benign illness" with a series of complications. He is currently recovering from a serious operation. When asked if Castro had cancer, Sabrido responded, "From what I know, I absolutely deny it."

Sabrido refuses to declare which caused Castro's illness, keeping in the Cuban government's wishes, however The New York Times says diverticulitis is a common, non-cancerous cause of intestinal bleeding.

US politicians still believe that Castro is seriously ill; there is speculation in Washington and among Cuban exiles that Castro has colon cancer. John D. Negroponte, the United States Director of National Intelligence, told The Washington Post that Castro is "terminally ill" and will be dead in "months, not years."

Fidel Castro transferred his position to his brother Raul on July 31 due to intestinal surgery. The Cuban government has since kept his health situation relatively secret; this is the first time a medical expert outside the Cuban government has commented on his health since he dropped from the public view in July.

According to recent reports, Castro will be healthy enough to be President of Cuba again.

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