There are currently over 3,300 patients in need of a transplant in the country, which despite the high cost of procedures and medicines, is provided free of charge by the state.
Niurka Pérez Ginoris has had to overcome many difficulties during her career as a primary school teacher, but none as great as that which threatened the life of her pregnant daughter, Lisandra Linares, after she developed a potentially fatal kidney condition.
The solution: a mother to daughter kidney transplant which was performed on April 18 at the Arnaldo Milián Castro Hospital, and marked the resumption of living donor transplants, a procedure which hadn’t been performed in the central province of Villa Clara, for around four years.
It all began when Lisandra started to show abnormal signs of swelling during her pregnancy. After visiting the doctor she was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and lupus, conditions which would require immediate attention in order to save both mother and child.
“Imagine, I ended up weighing more than 200 pounds due to the liquid my body was retaining, my whole life turned into an ordeal,” states the 23 year-old.
This April 16 was commemorated in Venezuela for more than one reason. The date marks the realization of a dream of Fidel and Chávez: the Barrio Adentro Mission, whose 14-year history makes it a unique achievement
CARACAS.— Cuban collaborators in all social missions working in Venezuela celebrated two important events this April 16: the 56th anniversary of the declaration of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, and 14 years since the creation of one of the most beautiful initiatives in the history of the two peoples: the Misión Barrio Adentro (Inside the Neighborhood Mission).
Cuban doctors departed for Peru early this Friday, March 31, to provide services in areas of the country affected by the recent heavy rains. On leaving, they dedicated their solidarity efforts to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro
Isla Raton, Venezuela.— After graduating, Dr. Yorlenis Arbelo had believed that he would never again experience such a long and stressful period as that of his final exams.
Having officially graduated – yet fully aware of the steep learning curve ahead of him – feeling positive and looking forward to the challenge ahead, the young doctor from Songo La Maya, Santiago de Cuba left to offer his services to communities in the mountains in the east of the island. One year later, equally enthusiastic and with a little more experience, he arrived in Venezuela’s Amazon rainforest.
Quito.- On April 19, Cubans, Ecuadorians and members of the diplomatic corps paid tribute to the three doctors from the island who died in the earthquake which devastated the northwest coast of Ecuador on Saturday, April 16.
They shall forever be remembered as members from the glorious army of white coats created by our Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, stated María Isabel Martínez, head of the medical brigade which has been offering services in the South American country for over two years.