Cuban exile leader Mas Canosa takes turn for worse
October 11, 1997
Web posted at: 8:59 p.m. EDT (0059 GMT)
MIAMI (CNN) -- Jorge Mas Canosa, the powerful and controversial Cuban exile leader, was in the critical care unit of a Miami hospital Saturday after his condition took a turn for the worse Friday night.
Pan American hospital spokesman Nestor Lopez told CNN that he did not know if Mas Canosa was on life support, and added that it was possible Mas Canosa was being kept in the critical care ward due partly to security concerns.
Mas Canosa, 58, was hospitalized last month with Paget's disease, a bone affliction. His condition improved somewhat on Saturday, his son said. The family has requested privacy and has given only a very brief statement to reporters.
Mas Canosa heads the Miami-based Cuban-American National Foundation, perhaps the most politically powerful group of Cuban exiles in the United States. CANF is a staunch defender of economic sanctions against Cuba and frequently has pressured President Bill Clinton and members of Congress to toughen their actions against Fidel Castro.