Friday, September 15, 2006

Castro says he's putting on weight again

Reuters

Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:27pm ET172

By Helen Popper

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro says he has started putting on weight again, in his first interview since the 80-year-old communist leader fell ill and adding to growing evidence he is recovering from life-threatening surgery.

"I lost 41 pounds, but I'm putting weight back on -- already almost half of what I lost," the leftist firebrand told Argentine journalist, lawmaker and friend Miguel Bonasso.

"You have to do things one step at a time. You must remember that the machine being repaired is 80 years old," Castro joked, regarding the pace of his recovery.

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