But...Cristina was photographed with a frail-looking Fidel Castro...now in his 88th year...and brother Raul.
Top Venezuelan officials flew to Cuba over the weekend...and reported that Hugo's serious respiratory problems had eased.
They denied rumors that he was in a coma.
The so-called Chavista 'power troika'...VP Nicolas Maduro, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez and Congress head Diosdado Cabello reportedly met with Raul Castro.
Ecuador President Ollanta Humala also made a quick trip to Cuba to visit Chavez...but it's not known whether he visited Hugo.
NEW!!! Powerhouse economy Brasil is said to be lobbying for a new election...if Chavez dies.
Officials told VP Maduro they want a quick national vote...if Hugo loses his battle with cancer.