She was treated at Hospital Metropolitano in Quito by a great team of doctors and underwent 30+ surgeries over the course of 2 months as the doctors reconstructed her leg in the hopes of saving it. When she was hit, the force of the bus pulled her under and her right leg was caught in the undercarriage, ripping the skin and muscle away from the bone. The doctors cleaned, scrubbed and reattached the muscle to the leg and declared my mom a hero for her courage throughout the process.
Despite her age (she's 64) her muscles regenerated and the leg was healing. A week before she was scheduled for the final skin grafting, they found an infection similar to staph overtaking her leg and bones. The fear of this infection getting into her blood was so severe, the doctors acted quickly and amputated mid-thigh.
The driver was arrested and sent to jail for 5 days, but is now out and behind the wheel again. The cost of her stay and surgeries have exceeded $200,000 cash and the bus company is denying any responsibility for the accident. They found a doctor to falsify evidence, claiming that they examined her on the day of the accident, and she was in perfect health. The atrocity of the third world corruption is beyond belief. Had this happened in the US, she would have been treated and cared for at the expense of the bus company and received the necessary ongoing physical therapy.
Myriam is a mother, a grandmother and a fantastic friend. She has been an inspiration to all of her four children and family throughout their lives. She truly is an inspiration for everyone around her and anyone who has ever been blessed to know her. And that's why we're confident she'll recover and have a full life again.
But she needs help. She's spent all of her savings to pay for the negligence of a bus driver and the corruption deeply embedded in Ecuador. Many people have been asking how they can help. This is how. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated and will be used for her medical bills and ongoing therapy and prosthetics so she can one day walk again....and ride a bike with her granddaughter.
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