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Help us save Mickey's life.

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In October this year, Mickey Mamani, a 24-year old leader for people with disabilities in Bolivia came to a point where his life was hanging by a thread; a bedsore has turned into an open wound and become infected, it's eating his muscle and the infection has spread to his bones and blood. His primary enemy; poverty and the lack of resources to get the hospital treatment he needs. The public hospital in his hometown Potosi, sent him home with painkillers and essentially gave up. Mickey had almost given up, when he saw his story featured in the interview on CNN; he decided he wasn't ready to lie down and had to keep fighting.  A friend organized Mickey's travel to Cochabamba on Monday, November 6th. He was operated that night in a private hospital and had a further operation on Monday, November 13th.

Mickey traversing the Andes fighting for the rights of people with disabilities in Bolivia. March 2016.

We know Mickey because he’s a young leader for people with disabilities, who last year was part of the protest that travelled 240 miles overland to speak to the president of Bolivia...but when they arrived to the capital, they were attacked with tear gas, mace, water cannons and thrown from their wheelchairs by police. Their fight on the streets of La Paz, lasted 100 days. They demanded a monthly pension of $70, to be able to pay for basic necessities, like medicine. 

See the film we made published by The Guardian here. 

Mickey in the newspaper showing he won a 3.600 mts race where 10,000 athlets competed.

Since being in a wheelchair, due to an accident, Mickey hasn’t stopped, he’s won gold medals in a marathon. The truth is that because of his condition, his family talked about ‘putting him to sleep’ so he’d no longer suffer, they couldn’t even afford to buy him a wheelchair. To have a disability and be poor in Bolivia is the worst combination.

Imagine hearing your family talk about doing this? It made Mickey angry, but also gave him strength, he wasn’t going to give up so easily and with a friends help, he found a wheelchair and started to succeed, working and studying like any 24 year old. But sometimes things don’t turn out how you’d like. A bedsore opened up his skin, got infected and started eating his muscle ending up in his bone and blood.

When you’re 24 years old, your desire to achieve your dreams is at it’s peak. Miguel Mamani, better known as Mickey, was getting ready to finish school and go to university: his dream is to be a lawyer.  But his life full of adventure and constant struggle to get ahead is getting darker by the day… The doctors in his town Potosi, have given up on him, is illness, disability combined with poverty. Today, he’s walking a fine line between life and death.

We’ve already asked for help, thinking a special cushion for Micky’s wheelchair would fix his bedsores and we were optimistic because he was getting better, but he began to lose weight, he’s no longer the same chubby kid, always smiling and curious for life, his doctors were simply giving him pain killers, while his bedsores were becoming a time bomb.

Don’t let his voice die! Mickey, the gold medal-winning marathon competitor, who wants to become a lawyer to defend the rights of people with disabilities, today needs your help. Time is running out, but Mickey can’t wait and your help can make the difference.

His condition is complicated, his blood is infected and it looks like bone from his hip will have to be removed.
He can’t wait any longer for the bureaucracy of the public health system in Bolivia because he needs treatment now. While the doctors at the private hospital, have offered not to charge, the treatment Mickey needs is expensive. 

His diagnosis says, infected peritrochanteric bedsore that led to sepsis and osteomyelitis in his right hip that has spread to his fingers. He also has another bedsore on his right knee. He needs plasma in the form of blood transfusions for the next 10 days and daily hyperbaric chamber treatment. He will need a hip replacement once he’s recovered.

The treatment to save him will cost between $5,000 to $10,000.  It will depend on the time he takes to recover. 

Mickey's bone coming out of his infected bedsore.

Mickey needs your help, a donation big or small can save the life of a person who’s demonstrated his physical limits aren’t an obstacle to living his life like anyone else.

His desire to be a lawyer to defend the rights of people with disabilities can’t be let down because he doesn’t have money to pay for medical treatment.

Mickey after the first operation on Nov 7th 2017.

You can help to make the difference, so Mickey’s voice isn’t silenced.

If you would like to make a donation and don't have access to a credit card, deposits can be made at:

Bank: Banco Bisa
Account Number: 2112685017

Thank you,

Violeta Ayala
Daniel Fallshaw
Andrea Monasterios
Divertad (Miguel is part of Divertad Association in Potosi)

VERSION EN ESPAÑOL

En Octubre de este año, Miguel Mamani, un líder de 24 años, que lucha por los derechos de las personas con discapacidad en Bolivia, llegó a estar entre la vida y la muerte: una escara que se ha convertido en una herida abierta y se ha infectado, ahora se está comiendo sus músculos y la infección se ha extendido a sus huesos y sangre. Su principal enemigo: la falta de recursos económicos para poder obtener el tratamiento hospitalario que necesita. El hospital público en su ciudad natal, Potosí, lo envió a casa con analgésicos, esencialmente lo desahuciaron. Miguel casi se dio por vencido, cuando vio su historia presentada en una entrevista en CNN; decidió que tenia que seguir luchando. El lunes 6 de noviembre, su amigo Gary, organizó el viaje de Miguel a Cochabamba. Fue operado esa misma noche en un hospital privado y necesita una nueva operación el próximo lunes, 13 de noviembre.

Mickey (Miguel Mamani), cruzando las montañas en la caravana de las personas con discapacidad. Marzo 2016.

A Mickey, lo conocemos por ser el líder joven de las personas con discapacidad, que el año pasado integró una caravana que recorrió 370 Km. para llegar a La Paz y hablar con el Presidente de Bolivia... Pero cuando los marchistas con discapacidad llegaron a la sede de gobierno, estos fueron atacados con gas lacrimógeno, cañones de agua y arrojados de sus sillas de ruedas por la policía. Su lucha en las calles de La Paz duró 100 días. Ellos demandaban una renta mensual de Bs. 500 ($us 70), para poder pagar las cosas básicas que alguien en su condición necesita día a día, como medicamentos por ejemplo.

Aquí esta el enlace del documental que hicimos que fue publicado por el The Guardian.

El Mickey ganando una maraton de 10,000 participantes.

Desde hace un par de años, Miguel quedo parapléjico y está en silla de ruedas por un accidente, lo que no le impidió ganar medalla de oro en maratones. La verdad es que al quedar en esa condición su familia hablaba de ‘hacerlo dormir’ para que no sufra más, pues ni una silla de ruedas podían comprar. ¡Cuánta impotencia! Tener discapacidad y ser pobre en Bolivia puede ser la peor combinación.

¿Se imaginan escuchar a su familia pensar en hacer eso? A Mickey le dio rabia pero también fuerza, él no se iba a rendir tan fácilmente y con ayuda de un amigo, consiguió una silla de ruedas y empezó a salir adelante: Trabajaba y estudiaba, como muchos a los 24 años. Pero hay veces que ni aunque le pongas todas las ganas del mundo, las cosas van a salir como uno desea. Una escara, una herida que le perforó la piel y se fue comiendo su músculo llegó hasta su hueso y sangre.

Cuando uno tiene 24 años, las ganas por lograr todos los sueños están en su punto máximo. Miguel Mamani, más conocido como Mickey, por ejemplo, este año se preparaba para terminar la escuela y entrar a la universidad: Su sueño es ser abogado. Pero su vida llena de aventuras y una lucha constante por salir adelante se está volviendo cada día más oscura… Los doctores lo han desahuciado en su ciudad, su enfermedad es ser pobre. Hoy, enfrenta a esa delgada línea entre la vida y la muerte.

Ya había pedido ayuda, pensando que con un cojín antiescaras podría solucionar el problema y se sentía optimista porque estaba mejorando, pero de repente empezó a enflaquecer, ya no es el mismo chico gordito, sonriente ¡El más buen tipo! Curioso por la vida, los doctores solo le daban paliativos para que no sienta dolor, mientras día a día la escara se convertía en una bomba de tiempo.

¡No dejemos que su voz se calle! El, ganador de medallas de oro en maratones y que quiere convertirse en abogado para defender los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, necesita ahora de tu ayuda. El tiempo corre, pero la vida de Mickey no puede esperar. ¡Tu ayuda puede hacer la diferencia!

Su condición es complicada, su sangre está infectada y parece que el hueso de su cadera tendrá que ser extraído. Mickey, ya no puede esperar la burocracia de un hospital público porque necesita ser intervenido inmediatamente. Los doctores decidieron no cobrar, pero el tratamiento, la clínica y las medicinas son muy caros. Si el Mickey no tenía ni para una silla de ruedas ¿Cómo puede pagar un hospital privado?

Su diagnóstico es: escara peritrocantérica infectada que condujo a sepsis y osteomielitis en la cadera derecha que se extendió a los dedos de sus pies. Él también tiene otra llaga en la rodilla. El Mickey, necesita plasma en forma de transfusiones de sangre durante los próximos 10 días y tratamiento de cámara hiperbárica diaria. Eventualmente, va a necesitar una prótesis de cadera.

El tratamiento para salvarlo costará entre $5,000 y $10,000 dólares. Dependerá del tiempo que el demore en recuperarse.

Partes del hueso infectado saliendo de la escara de Mickey.

El Mickey, necesita tu ayuda, tu donación grande o pequeña puede salvar la vida de un chico joven, que ha demostrado que sus límites físicos no son un obstáculo. Su voluntad de ser abogado para poder defender los derechos de las personas con discapacidad no puede ser callada por no tener dinero para poder curar su enfermedad.

El Mickey, al día siguiente de su primera operacion. 7 de Noviembre, 2017.

¡Tú puedes hacer la diferencia para que la voz de Mickey no se calle!

Si deseas hacer una donación y no tienes acceso a una tarjeta de crédito. Puedes depositar directamente a la siguiente cuenta:

Banco: Banco Bisa
Número de cuenta: 2112685017

Si depositas directamente por favor avísanos el monto para poder actualizar el monto recaudado.

Gracias,

Violeta Ayala
Dan Fallshaw
Andrea Monasterios
Divertad (Miguel es parte de la asociacion Divertad de Potosi)


Mickey in La Paz, where he stayed for 100 days, after going overland for another 35 days. June 2016.

Mickey telling the police, he has the right to live with dignity. July 2016.

Mickey and his best friend Gary in the  Salar de Uyuni.

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I would like to let everyone know that Mickey is recovering, his wound still open but he is out of danger. He still gets the wound cleaned everyday and some days he gets sad because he is not able to go back to school yet. We are very proud of Mickey and thank you so much for your support.
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On Sunday 26th of November, Mickey's hometown association of people with disabilities hosted a fundraising in the streets of Potosi. They sold chicken and rice, drinks and raised $240 for Mickey. They will host another fundraiser in two weeks. Solidarity is contagious. I'm deeply moved by the actions of the strongest people in Bolivia. Thank you. Please keep supporting Mickey's campaign.
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Mickey is fighting so hard to survive and fight for all people with disabilities in Bolivia. The fight really needs him.
Mickey in the hyperbaric camera.
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An angel from Norway decided to help Mickey and yesterday made a contribution of 10,000 USD. I was so stressed because the doctors told me, Mickey needs at least another 4 weeks in hospital and more time in a special rehabilitation centre. It's a real medical miracle that he is alive, when infection reaches the bone, the chances of surviving for a paraplegic person are small but Mickey is beating all the odds and is alive and getting better and stronger. The wound is now 10 cm, it was 60 cm. We really need people to continue supporting this campaign, as Mickey will need a full heap replacement once he gets better, we really need this campaign to continue and all the fundraising activities. Thank you.
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