Saturday, July 14, 2012

Update on Manuel

Dear friends,
I am so sorry that I have not had time this week to give you an update about Manuel.
We have had four groups here at once and it has been very hectic.
Firstly, I cannot thank you enough for your support that has made medical treatment possible for Manuel.  
The generosity and kindness of this group never fails to amaze and humble me.
As soon as we had enough money we called the hospital and arranged treatment for Manuel. 
He was moved from the public hospital to a private hospital with a urologist in attendance.
He was found to have a severe urinary tract infection which they told us that they could not operate on him till the infection was cleared.
They immediately started him on antibiotics and thank heavens, he also received pain medication.
He is now as comfortable as he can be. 
They have performed several tests on him to make sure that he is ready to be operated on as soon as the infection is cleared.
We were informed that they hope to be able to operate on  him on Monday.
The public hospital does as good a job as they can under their circumstances.  They have very little medication, they have very few supplies. 
The national hospital in Guatemala has basically declared their hospital in an emergency situation due to lack of medication and basic supplies like bandages. They are limiting the people that they can see.
How many people, like Manuel are lying in hospitals or not even being admitted, who will be dying in terrible pain from a needless death ?
If it were not for you, Manuel would not have this chance and he certainly would have received pain medication. 
It certainly makes us count our own blessings. 
Thank you for making this possible for him.
As soon as I hear something about Manuel, I will let you know.

Sharon Smart-Poage
registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity

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