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May 27, 2010

Belize Healthcare Partners helps kidney patient

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Earlier this week, we brought you the heart wrenching plea of twenty-three year old Greilin Carcamo, a young mother in need of a life saving procedure that she could not afford. After that story on Tuesday, News Five received calls inquiring about Carcamo’s contact information and today the good news is that she is being assisted by Belize Healthcare Partners. Carcamo’s kidneys failed two years ago and she has been surviving on dialysis treatment since then. But recently she ran into complications that prevented her from going on the dialysis machine and to remedy the problem she had to take a trip to Guatemala for a three thousand dollar treatment. While her life was on the line, Carcamo’s priority is living for her four year old daughter. Collet Montejo, the Public Relations Manager for Belize Healthcare Partners Limited told us today that Carcamo’s trip is a done deal.

Via Phone: Collet Montejo, Public Relations Manager, Belize Healthcare Partners Ltd.

“We recognized that Miss Carcamo needed to get to Guatemala very quickly to do a catheter replacement or to try to utilize peritoneal dialysis instead of hemodialysis. In an effort to assist her, we were prepared to cover one thousand five hundred dollars, which is about fifty percent of the total cost of the procedure.”

Delahnie Bain

“So she left when?”

Via Phone: Collet Montejo

“She was scheduled to leave today or the latest is tomorrow. It’s something she needs to do urgently otherwise she would not be able to do her dialysis. What is happening with her is that they were having problems finding a place to place the catheter because her blood vessels were sort of collapsing on her. They tried a number of locations and it did not work so she has to go to Guatemala to see a specialist there that can do that procedure. If that doesn’t work then she would have to move over to doing peritoneal dialysis, which is a little different from hemodialysis but as effective when it comes to keeping her body cleansed and getting her moving on in her life.”

Delahnie Bain

“Helping out patients like this, is it something that the hospital does often or was she a special case?”

Via Phone: Collet Montejo

“We try to do it as often as we can. I know recently we helped out Mr. Jose Cruz with some money and all these help is done through the Kidney Association of Belize. the donation is made to the Kidney Association of the Belize, and then the association in turn would disburse the funds to the patients because we try to work with organizations instead of individual patients. So we’ve helped a number of kidney patients and we stand ready to continue to do so.”

Carcamo is expected to return home early next week and if all goes well, she can continue her dialysis treatments at the Belize Healthcare Partners as per normal.


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1 Response for “Belize Healthcare Partners helps kidney patient”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    It’s a shame that in the year 2010 Belizean Citizens are denied medical treatment as a result of their financial status.The leaders in Belize need to enforce the Patient Bill of Rights.Wake up Belize and stop allowing these politicians to treat you all like floor mat.

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