With the help of the state government of Chihuahua, Abraham was transferred to the capital (Chihuahua City) in order to receive specialized care. Funds raised from this campaign were used to cover the cost of alternative tests only available in Chihuahua City. The results of those tests have raised additional concerns, so several more studies have been ordered for Monday, August 31st.
We have chosen to pause this campaign temporarily until we are able to determine the costs moving forward. Thank you so much for your support which has allowed us to proceed thus far. As soon as we have more information, we will share it here.
Abraham* is a 25-year-old, gay asylum-seeker from Venezuela waiting in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
He is in urgent need of a costly diagnostic procedure for his heart.
*Name changed due to safety concerns for asylum-seekers in Ciudad Juárez
Abraham has a pre-existing heart condition and a family history of sudden death before the age of 30. He began experiencing severe chest and body pain about a month ago but was unable to receive treatment at the public hospital.
His only option was a local clinic. However, even after expressing to them the severity of his symptoms, Abraham was prescribed muscle relaxants and told psychiatric therapy would be helpful.
As soon as we learned of his situation, we reached out to Abraham and took him directly to a private hospital. After hearing his symptoms, the attending physician immediately referred us to Centro Médico de Especialidades, one of the best hospitals in the city. Abraham was quickly ushered in by the cardiologist and given multiple injections to stave off the impending chance of a heart attack. The cardiologist later told us that the muscle relaxants Abraham had been prescribed had exacerbated his condition to the extent that if we had waited even one more day, he might have died.
Abraham now needs a DIAGNOSTIC CATHETER PROCEDURE, an intrusive exam that allows for immediate intervention if arterial blockages or other abnormalities are found, potentially requiring the placement of multiple stents. This procedure starts at $4,200; however, if a number of stents are placed, the cost can rise to $15,000 or more.
Abraham is currently on bed rest at home while we raise the funds for this procedure. The cardiologist has told us that the procedure needs to be carried out by FRIDAY, August 28th at the latest. For this reason, we have urgently put together this campaign.
What if we raise more money than needed?
If funds are raised in excess of the cost of the procedure, they will be used first to support Abraham and his partner with costs associated with follow-up care. Anything that remains will be used by Seguimos Adelante in direct support of asylum-seekers in Ciudad Juárez, with a focus on alleviating the impact of COVID-19.
We are so grateful for the support we already know exists for Abraham. DONATE if you can, but financial support isn't the only thing he needs.
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