Venezuelans with transplanted organs are dying due to a lack of drugs


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/22/venezuelans-with-transplanted.html


#2

If you want to get even more depressed, check about the problems with electricity.

Lots of hospitals are running more or less 24/7 with their backups diesel generators. Till they cant because the thing is not supposed to be running for so long and has been done no maintenance. So reports of patients dying because the doctors cant see, much less run all the life support machinery, are abundant.

Also, unemployment is not that big of a problem. Because having a job is basically useless. A subway employee was fired the other day for sending a letter complaining that his salary is not enough to pay for cleaning the uniform. With a minimum wage that is routinely rised about 20, or 40% (and praised as a great “victory” for the workers when Maduro does it) but inflation going about 100 or more per month…


#3

Meanwhile, they’re dicking around with a “petro gold” cryptocurrency, because what every Libertarian “hodler” wants is a version of Bitcoin backed by the central authority of an incompetent and dysfunctional socialist regime.

If Maduro and his cronies don’t end up in the slammer for life after all this is over (and they’d be lucky to get off that easy after all these deaths) there’s no hope for Venezuela.


#4

The petro “white paper” was a riot, check the evisceration by Alex Van de Sande from the Ethereum Foundation on Twitter. Even if you are a fan of cryptocurrencies, the thing is just ridiculous


#5

Food shortages are also affecting infants. There’s not enough formula and what is available is too expensive, and hospitals have little to no formula available as well so infants are dying of malnutrition.

I can’t verbalize the rage i have for the Chavista government. I actively try to ignore news from Venezuela because a large portion of my family is there, the more i find out about whats happening the more i stress out and worry.


#6

Sorry man. I know. I still have a few relatives that should be coming soon to Spain, but yea, not fun to read. Although well… probably not going to be a good thread for you to read…


#7

What I can’t figure out is the number of rich Venezuelan Scientologists, who have no better use for their money than to give millions to Scientology in exchange for bowling trophies.

https://tonyortega.org/2017/02/24/whale-watching-2017-edition-whos-keeping-scientology-from-sinking/

It must be horrible for the patients and people working in the hospitals. One moment, 21st century medical technology, next (when the power fails), back to the 1800s, like a clapper controlled by a psychopath.


#8

It is what it is, i’m already aware of the issues with hospitals thankfully so it’s not a shock. It’s just deeply disappointing it’s gotten to this point and still nothing has changed as far as the government goes. Thankfully my family has been doing alright in Venezuela, but i try not to ask too many questions because as i said, the less i know the less i worry. It sucks that’s the attitude i have to take though.


#9

I don’t mean to be cruel, but is organ transplantation even vaguely available to the average Venezuelan, or are these just rich people complaining that their lifestyle isn’t quite far enough removed from their countrymen?


#10

… for not wanting you are achieving a great deal.

Yea, I’m sure rich Venezuelans just get a kidney or liver transplant for the lifestyle of needing inmunodepressing drugs to survive, and no poor Venezuelan ever got a transplant done, say, a year ago when things were not as desperate.


#11

Also, you want more down to earth, poor people “lifestyle” choices?

It is like the 4th time already I’ve read about a new case of people dying for eating bitter cassava unprocessed. Because they are hungry.

So yes, lets just rejoice in the paradise of equality; if you need expensive medical procedures or just something to eat, all your lives are equally worthless for the government.


#12

Are transplants available to ordinary Venezuelans? I don’t know, that’s what I’m asking.

If the poor are expected to just die, I can’t muster much sympathy for the rich.


#13

Venezuela in theory has public healthcare that should covers all Venezuelans (and thats not a Chavista invention either, it was “in theory” since forever). In reality it has what it has, a fucking ruin.

Also, rich people in need of treatment LEAVE the country. If you are still inside, you arent that rich by definition.

And thats all I can say before I start to get really annoyed at your callousness disguised as righteousness.


#14

A lot of people are fleeing to Brasil these days. And my country isn’t in great shape too…


#15

Poor people are leaving the country too. A lot of pregnant women are fleeing venezuela to Brasil.

http://g1.globo.com/jornal-nacional/noticia/2018/02/filhos-da-imigracao-em-roraima-150-venezuelanas-deram-luz-em-janeiro.html

Iḿ sorry, it is in portuguese, but the headlines say (in a bad translation) that 150 pregnant women gave birth in hospitals in Roraima, a Brazilian state, last month.

The xenophobic rhetoric begins to appear and seduce people. Last month, a man set on fire a house full of immigrants (he was also an immigrant) because he hated the people of Venezuela.


#16

Yep. The Colombian border and the Brazilian border are starting to get flooded with people. And both kinds of emigration are starting to get the usual round of “they are here to steal our jobs/collapse our systems/bring disease and crime” everywhere.


#17

Yes. The “usual suspects” were the haitians, but they were so few and so discreet that they did not cause much fuss. Now the target are the venezuelans. They are perfect for the Neo-McCarthyism that is growing in our society.


#18

Jesus Christ. I mean, I just saw your update with that hate crime thing.


#19

I know some say you get the government you deserve but nobody deserves this.


#20

On the other side, there are some people that are helping the poor venezuelans.

http://g1.globo.com/jornal-nacional/noticia/2018/02/por-dia-800-venezuelanos-entram-no-brasil-pela-cidade-de-pacaraima-rr.html

Groups of volunteers are offering meals to people living on the streets and squares of the city. The owner of a restaurant in the city of Boavista, capital of Roraima state, offers to the immigrants food made with the surpluses of the meals of the day. Some of these people walked 200 KMs in order to get to the capital and they cannot find jobs ou housing.

President Temer has signed a decree offering humanitarian aid to refugees, but those actions may take some time.