“The Venezuelan government has said that it may not be possible to embalm the body of late President Hugo Chavez as planned.
Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s acting president, acknowledged on Wednesday that it could be too late to do so, as “preparatory steps would have to have been taken much earlier”.
“Russian and German scientists have arrived to embalm Chavez and they tell us it’s very difficult because the process should have started earlier … Maybe we can’t do it,” Maduro said.
Two days after Chavez’s death Maduro had announced that he wanted Chavez preserved “eternally” so his body could be on permanent.
Camilo Jaramillo, a Colombian embalmer, said that in order to forestall decomposition, a body needs to be chemically treated within hours of death, unless refrigerated.