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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fidel Castro in Serious Condition

HAVANA -- Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in serious condition after a series of three failed operations on his large intestine for diverticulitis complicated by infection, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported Monday.

Castro, 80, suffered a serious abdominal infection that worsened to peritonitis, the newspaper said Tuesday, citing two sources at the Madrid hospital where a surgeon who visited Castro in December works. The report was posted Monday on the newspaper's web site.

Castro's prognosis is "very serious" and he is being fed intravenously, the newspaper said.

A first operation to extract part of his large intestine and connect the colon to the rectum was a failure and the link broke, releasing feces into the abdomen that caused another peritonitis, the newspaper reported. A second operation to clean and drain the infected area and perform a colostomy also failed, the paper said. A third operation implanted a prothesis, it said.