Borge in delicate health

Founder of the Sandinista Front is in intensive care in Managua's Military Hospital

(posted April 10, 2:30 p.m.)- Tomás Borge, the last living founder of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), is reportedly in delicate health at Managua’s Military Hospital, where he underwent surgery April 6 for a respiratory problem, according to the Nicaraguan Army.

The Army’s statement says Borge, 81, was recovering from his surgery “satisfactorily,” but suffered “a respiratory complication” yesterday and was moved to intensive care under close medical watch.

President Daniel Ortega has reportedly been in “constant communication” with Borge, according to First Lady Rosario Murillo.

Several independent media outlets are reporting the former firebrand and once-feared minister of the interior is in a coma—an allegation that the First Lady or Army wouldn’t confirm.

“We have been following this and we have been asking God, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Virgin to protect and strengthen his health and hopefully in the coming days we can talk about his full recovery,” Murillo told the Sandinista propaganda outlets.

Murillo, whose own relationship with Borge has been testy given his historic claims to the party and her aspiration to control the party for herself, said she is sending her love, prayers and well-wishes his way, calling him an “example of a revolutionary by conviction.”