October 12, 1997 in Nation/World

Anti-Castro Figure Improving, Son Says

Compiled From Wire Services

The son of Cuban exile and anti-Castro leader Jorge Mas Canosa denied rumors Saturday that his father’s health had taken an irreversible turn for the worse.

Jorge Mas Canosa Jr. said his 58-year-old father was “alert” and “full of fight” despite having trouble breathing the night before at the Pan American Hospital where he is being treated for a lung infection.

“Today he is very good. He’s stable. He hopes to be out soon,” the son said.

Both the son and the hospital refused to comment on television reports quoting sources as saying Mas had to be put on life support.

Rumors about Mas’ health have abounded in Miami, where he built a powerful political network in the 1980s and for years held great influence over U.S. policy toward Cuba.

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