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Family of a young man who died due to lack of ambulances: “The Government wants to evade its responsibilities”

The relatives of the young Andy Agüero Barrios, who died last week due to the lack of an ambulance, denied the version of the Cuban regime after the news spread on social networks.

Beatriz Barrios, Agüero Barrios’ aunt, said that on several occasions the family requested medical care at home for Agüero, but it was the doctors who refused to do so, without the municipal and provincial health authorities intervening on behalf of a chronically ill patient.

An official note from the Provincial Health Directorate of Havana indicated that after carrying out a medical evaluation, the family was offered hospitalization, “which the mother refused on two occasions.”

In this regard, the aunt of the deceased explained that “his mother refused to admit him because the hospitals are in very poor hygienic-sanitary conditions; apart from the fact that she meant leaving his other son, Jianny Pérez Barrios, who is also blind, in the care of our mother, who is 72 years old.”

Beatriz Barrios specified that “her mother was the only person who could control it,” and that is why they asked the health authorities for help “an infinite number of times, because it was only controlled by being in her house, close to her.”

“My sister asked the leaders of Havana for help, even when they eliminated the food diet; that she bought at a price subsidized by the State, for Andy, but she did not get a response, ”she added.

The relatives of the deceased young man, at the age of 26, assured CiberCuba that the Cuban regime “wants to evade its responsibilities.”

“They don’t want the truth to be known, they are lying and they know they were wrong. After my nephew died, a government commission went to the house to talk to my sister and ask her what she needed. It was already too late, there was nothing to do”, they denounced.

Last Thursday, Maritza Barrios, mother of Andy Agüero Barrios, after hours waiting for an ambulance at the Rafael Valdés polyclinic in Havana, asked for help through the social network Facebook.

After explaining that her son needed a transfusion, since he had 6.3 hemoglobin, she reported: “The doctor is tired of calling everywhere and a damn ambulance does not appear. She came a moment ago (an ambulance) with a case and she didn’t want to take it. (…) My son is going to die. I have no way to take it on my own. (…) Please, I need urgent help, an ambulance.”

Hours later, she confirmed the worst outcome: the death of her son.

The news dismayed thousands of Cubans inside and outside the island, who expressed her outrage over what happened on social networks and sent countless messages of condolences to the mother.

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José Martí
José Martí
Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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