I posted yesterday about Martín, a believer from another city (Pachuca), who had quite an ordeal getting in for a surgical procedure in Mexico City and was totally overlooked for his scheduled surgery. I posted it mostly because I thought his situation kind of sums up the type of health care one can receive here in Mexico. We typically cringe when it’s time to visit a doctor or a dentist here. One never knows what might or might not happen.
That’s not to say that all health care is bad or negligent here. At times it is quite good like a few years ago when Dayton broke his arm and the local orthopedic doctor did a great job of mending the broken bone. But on the other hand, like when I had a small cavity to be filled that turned out to be a horrible root canal due to a mistake by the dentist, health care can and does go wrong here at times too.
Since I asked you to pray for Martín, I think it’s only fair to pass along the update that sort of wraps up this event. Unfortunately, for Martín and his family, this is not the end of this health situation, but at least he’s back home and knows more about his situation.
Here’s the update in case you were wondering how it went:
I just spent 45 minutes talking with Martin about his surgery yesterday and here is what happened.
They did a heart catheterization through a vein in his wrist and discovered that the two arteries were not blocked due to cholesterol, but because they are malformed, they are kinda twisted, which is causing the restriction of blood flow. He will now be going to heart specialists here in Pachuca to see what to do.
Yesterday was bad, or even worse than the day before in terms of waiting. The catheterization only took about an hour, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. They did all they could do, and he COULD HAVE gone home as soon as the authorized personnel updated his medical record and another person signed his release form. But in Martin’s words, “Much like they overlooked my surgery on Tuesday, they overlooked my release from the hospital yesterday.”
He was finally released around 6:30 p.m., 7 hours after the catheterization procedure. He mentioned that in the two days that he was there, the 15-16 hours of waiting that he and his wife did, were unnecessary. And because it took so long to release him, they got stuck in rush hour traffic again, and it took them 3 hours to get back to Pachuca last night.
Martin wanted to let each one of you know that he appreciates all your prayers from the bottom of his heart. Please keep praying that the heart doctors here in Pachuca can figure out a solution for Martin’s problem. It has been 3 months since his problems began and he has been out of work (receiving workman’s comp), and now they are starting over as far as a solution for his problems.