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Dad living in the Venezuelan health nightmare

Organized by: Gonzo Álvarez

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THE STORY:

UPDATE: October 29

I am very thankful to everyone who donated, shared and helped during the hardest times of my life. 

It is very sad to say that my dad passed away last week in Caracas.

Your donations and more family help allowed him to spend the last days surrounded by his daughters, friends, family members and great doctors who did everything possible, ending this chapter with the dignity he deserved. 

These months in Caracas opened my eyes to a world I had no idea it existed. Or I thought I knew because I heard stories and read the news but no one really knows what it is until you experience it.

I also had the opportunity to meet great humble people, with very low resources and a lot of struggles. They will live in my heart forever because we shared the same struggles, the difference is that after all this mess, I will go back to my house in New York but they will go back to a sad world of poverty and necessity.  I have been helping them in every way I can by donating money, medicines, diapers and medical supplies I brought from the US.  

I will donate a very large sum of the total donations to a non-profit organization in Venezuela that helps unprivileged ill citizens. This will be sorted out within the next week so I'll send an update to let you know where your money is going.

On a last note, I wanted to thank you again for your kindness and compassion and to remind you that I'm just someone you know who was going through this sad situation. Just keep in mind that there are millions of Venezuelans going through the same thing on a daily basis. 

I will ask you for one last favor and please don't forget about the people in Venezuela. We are very lucky to live in the US and have a decent life but remember that those $20 you spent on dinner could pay for a doctor's visit at a private clinic in Caracas (and save someone's life) since hospitals are "useless" . 90% of Venezuelan citizens can't even afford that. 

Here's a list of non-governmental-organizations (non-profits) that you can donate to or get involved with:

http://www.icaro.org.ve/colaborar.html
http://www.funpiedes.com/colaborar.html
http://www.ortopedicoinfantil.org/v2/como-colaborar.html
http://www.prosalud.org.ve/apoyanos/
http://doctoryaso.com/site/como-colaborar/index.html
http://laparokids.com/colabora/
http://www.operacionsonrisa.org.ve/help/donate/
http://www.avanicancer.com/ayudar.php
http://www.sovenia.net/donativos.html
http://www.bandesir.org/colabore/index.php

If you need more guidance on how to do this send me an e-mail and I will connect you with the right organization. ibianca@gmail.com


Thank you <3

Bianca

 

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[ English ]     -    [ Abajo en Español ]

My 60 year old dad was recently diagnosed with renal failure. This, his diabetic condition,  the amputation of his leg, and hypertension has led him to various small ACVs. He's a young man and he looks very young too. He’s always been a smart, and a brilliant minded person but lost his business and financials due to illness and is in decline. Now he's on dialisys 3 times a week. 

He lives in Caracas Venezuela and the living conditions are precarious, to say the least. It's been impossible to find insulin some days or even adult diapers. These resources are scarce in Venezuela and difficult to get a hold of, unless you know the owner of a pharmacy who could maybe reserve a few packs for you "if" they get a shipment. You can read more about this by doing a Google Search *(links and resources below). 

Due to terrible government health programs, the conditions and care at hospitals are inhumane. My sister and I have experienced the terrible conditions that patients are forced to endure and it’s truly terrifying. Currently, the ERs in Venezuela feel more like a Vietnam or zombie movie than a place to sick go to get help. 

After experiencing the privileged lifestyle most of us in the U.S. enjoy,  falling into this world of despair has been a life-changing experience. Not only due to the illness of my father, but the conditions that all Venezuelans have to endure during illness.  

I checked him into a real clinic. Full payment upfront (of course) and although it was a better experience, I was still surprised to see how they were lacking anesthesia, adult diapers, and other basic necessities.  While the treatment was better than in public hospitals, it was also exponentially more expensive. 

I’ve received a bit of help from 2 family members in the US  and in Venezuela, but with their limited resources, I am ultimately responsible for thousands upon thousands of dollars per month for his care. My burden is nothing compared to the complications that keep occurring, and since clinics are too expensive for me to pay upfront, my sister is jumping from hospital to hospital with my dad in a wheelchair... It breaks my heart not being able to give him the life ... or the death he deserves.

I have been lucky to leave Venezuela and work hard for a career in the US, but I haven't been able to keep up with growing costs of his illness since this June. Bills and other emergencies keep piling up and it’s shocking to believe that one day you are leading a happy and comfortable life and a few months later you are considering lunch expenses - because a $9 lunch could pay for more important things in Venezuela.

I Hope you can help me raise money to help my dad get out of this with dignity. Whatever is gonna happen… we are leaving it in God's hands, but I can't continue to see him going to these horrible, mediocre, sad, filthy hospitals with no doctors, nurses or alcohol. Waiting long lines of days, weeks and even months to be seen by a doctor.  I really can't do this on my own.

Thankful for life.

Bianca and Barbara

 

*LINKS AND RESOURCES

Foreign Policy: 

http://transitions.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/09/16/dont_get_sick_in_venezuela

Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/8/venezuelan-health-care-system-collapses/

REUTERS

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/16/us-venezuela-health-idUSKCN0I526F20141016

NBC

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/venezuela-crisis

LATIN AMERICAN PAPER - EL UNIVERSAL

http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/141004/doctors-forced-to-play-it-by-ear

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[ Español ]

Mi padre de 60 años fue diagnosticado recientemente con insuficiencia renal, además de su condición diabética y la amputación de una pierna, más hipertension la cual ha conllevado a una serie de pequeños ACVs. Es un hombre joven y se ve joven también. Luego de perder todo su dinero y negocios, su vida y salud han venido decayendo durante los ultimos 8 años y ahora está en tratamiento de diálisis 3 veces por semana.

Ahora vive en Caracas Venezuela y las condiciones de vida son precarias. Se nos ha hecho imposible conseguir insulina algunos dias o pañales para adultos entre mil otra cosas. No hay eso en el país a menos que seas muy amigo del dueño de una farmacia y posiblemente puede apartar un paquete para ti cuando sea la próxima vez que lleguen. Eso con mucha suerte.

Debido a los terribles programas del salud del gobierno, las condiciones de los hospitales son increiblemente graves y tristes. Mi hermana y yo hemos tenido que vivir las cosas más terribles que se pueda imaginar.  Algo como una pelicula de zombies or de la guerra de Vietnam, podrian ser una buena comparación de las cosas que hemos visto las las salas de emergencias venezolanas. 

Nosotros los que vivimos en USA, en realidad somos bastante privilegiados de no tener que vivir eso... caí en este mundo de desesperación y ha sido una experiencia muy dolorosa. No sólo por que mi papa está muy enfermo sino por las condiciones en las que los venezolanos enfermos tienen que vivir... es simplemente cruel.

Lo llevé a una clínica privada. Pago adelantado full para poder ingresarlo y si la verdad fue una mejor experiencia pero igual me impresiona como tampoco habia anestesia o pañales de adultos. Esta es una clinica privada relativamente costosa. 

Cada mes los gastos son de miles de dólares que tengo que enviar a Venezuela que salen de mi bolsillo. He recibido un poco de ayuda de mi prima, mi hermano mayor, la ex esposa de mi papa y mi mama ha sido un angel, pero eso no es mucho en la escala de gstos mensuales y las complicaciones que pasan a cada rato. Y siguen pasando pero las clínicas son muy costosas para yo pagarla completa por adelandado. De manera que mi hermanita se encuentra de hospital en hospital con mi padre en una silla de rueda... Me rompe el corazón no poder darle la vida... o la muerte que merece.

Yo he sido muy afortunada de haberme ido de Venezuela y hacer una carrera exitosa en USA pero no he podido trabajar mucho desde Julio cuando todo esto empezó y las cuentas más otras emergencias me ha golpeado como nunca pense. Es impactante creer que un dia estás teniendo una vida excelente y existosa y meses después estas contando los dolares al comprar un almuerzo al pensar que esos 9$ podrían pagar por muchas cosas más  importantes en Venezuela.

Espero que me puedan ayudar a recolectar dinero para ayudar a mi papá y sacarlo de esto con dignidad. Sea lo que sea que vaya a pasar, lo dejamos en las manos de Dios pero no puedo continuar verlo en estos hospitales horribles, mediocres, tristes y asquerosos. Los cuales no tienen ni doctores, enfermeros, alcohol, las lineas de espera son de dias, semanas y hasta meses en algunos casos. En realidad no puedo hacer esto yo sola.

Agradecida de por vida.

 

Bianca y Barbara

 

 

Para los venezolanos.

Bárbara Álvarez
C.I. 20.800.796
Banesco Cuenta corriente
01340945589461300992

 

$3,898

 

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Donor Comments

Sandra and Daniel

Sandra and Daniel

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Greg S.

Greg S.

3 years ago

Priscilla Martinez

Priscilla Martinez

Sending lots of love your way. Stay strong. 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Leti

Leti

3 years ago

T. Bernie

T. Bernie

DONATION: $20

Nice to have you as a new colleague, my condolences for your loss. 3 years ago

JBM

JBM

DONATION: $50

Fuerza amiga te queremos! 3 years ago

Ash and Nic

Ash and Nic

DONATION: $200

Sending lots of love to you and the fam Amiga xo 3 years ago

Pabs

Pabs

DONATION: $100

Your doing such a great job with your pops. I wish you guys luck 3 years ago

JC Rodriguz

JC Rodriguz

DONATION: $40

Blessings! 3 years ago

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