He was hospitalized 2 weeks ago in the public system here. After several test results the doctor said his kidneys had stopped working so they decided to start dialysis. I flew over from New York on a 13 hour flight to come help my mother because she needed someone here. A couple of days before my arrival, my mother noticed my father had a rough cough. She brought it to the attention of the medical staff but they determined it was phlegm from the pills that they had been pumping him with since he had gotten there. It kept getting worse everyday. They never gave him any antibiotics to treat it. The nurses would bring pills over and when asked what the pill was for they would have to go back and check in the folder because they didn't know. I started to feel desperate and helpless to help my father as his condition was getting worse day by day. He seemed lost and confused, he had difficulty breathing and his supposed doctor was never immediately available to see him. I called emergency assistance because if I left my father there I'm sure that he would not have survived another day. They suggested I have him transferred to a private clinic, they also suggested an air ambulance if I wanted to take him back to Canada. I called the airline company and unfortunately could not afford the 70 000$ ball park figure the agent had given me for this kind of emergency flight. This flight has a complete medical staff for the travelling patient and everything they need to treat him for the long 13 hour flight from Mendoza to Montreal. I went with the less expensive option and having him transferred to the private clinic. Once we asked for the transfer we waited 8 hours before the ambulance arrived for the transfer. I spoke several times with the person that asked for the ambulance only to be told "they should be here soon"
When the ambulance finally arrived and transferred him my father felt happy for a brief moment because he was leaving that awful place but he was in so much pain and he had difficulty breathing.
The doctor diagnosed him on arrival with a kidney dificiency. After an x-Ray and other test results, they determined he had hypercalcemia and pneumonia after 6 days of not being treated for it.
Hypercalcemia is an elevated amount of calcium in the blood stream that can cause several issues if not treated. The result of it not being treated is exactly the state my father is in at this moment. It affects the kidneys, causing the to shutdown,it affects the brain, causing confusion, loss of memory among other. It affects muscle tissue, causing them to atrophy completely. Everything that has happened to my father started and was caused by hypercalcemia. He was not properly diagnosed and he was not treated properly.
i am asking for help to raise money for the costly medical bill and also the air ambulance to get him out of this country and back to his family.
He has six kids, nine grandchildren that are waiting for him. We have done what we can with what we have but we need help to save him.
Please help us save our father Daniel Roberto Varela
sincerely Martin Elias Varela
My father's youngest son
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