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Fidel Castro tripped and fractured his left knee and right arm in a tumble captured on live television
Cuban President Fidel Castro tripped and fractured his left knee and right arm in a tumble captured on live television, the government said on Thursday. The 78-year-old leader's dramatic fall raised new questions about the political future of the communist-run country which he has led for 45 years. Castro stumbled on a step and fell on his left knee on Wednesday night as he returned to his seat after a graduation ceremony speech at the mausoleum holding the remains of fellow revolutionary Che Guevara at Santa Clara in central Cuba. Helped to a chair, he quickly recovered and asked for a microphone to reassure the stunned crowd of 30,000 people, some of whom broke into tears, that he was "intact" and would be able to continue working even in a plaster cast. A brief government statement issued after a medical examination said Castro broke his left knee and suffered a hair-line fracture in his right arm. "His general health is good and spirit excellent," it said. The statement added Castro wanted the country to know "he is in condition to continue attending to fundamental issues in close cooperation with the leadership" of the ruling Communist Party, informs Reuters. According to ABC News, Cuban President Fidel Castro's advancing age and ultimately his mortality were brought home Thursday after he fractured a knee and arm when he tripped and fell at a public event. In a communist society where the 78-year-old leader has played a larger-than-life role for more than four decades, the tumble was the latest reminder that Cuba's commander in chief is an aging man who will not live forever with an elderly brother as his designated successor. "I'm all in one piece," Castro declared on state television Wednesday night after tripping on a concrete step while returning to his seat after an hour-long speech in the central city of Santa Clara. A medical examination early Thursday confirmed Castro suffered a broken left knee and a hairline fracture in his upper right arm, said an official notice carried by state media
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