MIAMI – Venezuelan singer Jose Luis Rodriguez, better known as “El Puma,” is recovering satisfactorily from the operation for a double lung transplant that he underwent last weekend in Miami, a source close to his family told EFE on Tuesday.
“There has been a medical board meeting, which reported that Jose Luis is reacting better than expected,” said Oswaldo Muñoz, president of the El Venezolano Publishing Group and a personal friend of the singer for almost 30 years. “He’s still intubated and, though he can’t talk, he’s conscious.”
The singer of “Pavo Real” and “Dueño de Ti” was operated at Jackson Memorial Hospital for pulmonary idiopathic fibrosis, an incurable disease that forced him to stay close to oxygen cylinders, and was the reason why he had spent months on the waiting list for compatible lung donations.
Muñoz added that El Puma is isolated in the intensive care unit of the Florida medical center’s transplant area and can only be visited by his wife, Carolina Perez.
“The rest of us are in a private room for visitors, and our job now is to give her all the support we can,” the friend said.
The way the artist has reacted allows everyone to be a little “optimistic,” he said, adding that El Puma’s recovery is expected to take quite awhile, though his loved ones have faith it will be quicker than doctors predict.
“Jose Luis is a very healthy man,” Muñoz said. “He’s been a vegetarian for more than 30 years and exercises regularly. He never smoked or drank alcohol. All that is in his favor.”