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segunda-feira, 30 de setembro de 2013


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One of the greatest fallacies about the so called 'Cuban Revolution' has to do with healthcare.
Foreigners who visit Cuba, are fed the official line from Castro's propaganda machine: "All Cubans are now able to receive excellent healthcare, which is also free." But the truth is very different. Castro has built excellent health facilities for the use of foreigners, who pay with hard currency for those services.
Argentinean soccer star Maradona, for example, has traveled several times to Cuba to receive treatment to combat his drug addiction. But Cubans are not even allowed to visit those facilities. Cubans who require medical attention must go to other hospitals, that lack the most minimum requirements needed to take care of their patients.
In addition, most of these facilities are filthy and patients have to bring their own towels, bed sheets, pillows, or they would have to lay down on dirty bare mattresses stained with blood and other body fluids.

therealcuba.com Exclusive: New photos of Havana's Hospital Clínico Quirúrgico de 26
Oct. 2 - These photos were taken in May of 2011 by Julio Muñoz, a Cuban-American who left Cuba 19 years ago and went back this year to visit his family in the island.
During his stay in Havana, he had to take his aunt to the Emergency Room at Hospital Clínico Quirúrico to receive medical care in one of her fingers.
While there, Muñoz took these pictures of the deplorable conditions at the hospital, very different from the hospital portrayed by the liar Michael Moore in his documentary 'Sicko.'
These are the hospitals where Cubans have to go because they do not have the hard currency to pay the Castro brothers, like their foreign patients can do.
Next time some ignorant fool mentions the "excellent and free healthcare" that Cubans receive, show them these pictures.

The X-Ray Room
A ripped mattress; ancient equipment (probably pre-Castro era) and the ceiling caving in

The Operating Room
The door to the Operating Room has a padlock, indicating that it hasn't been used for a while

One of the halls at the hospital
The ceiling lamps are gone and the false ceiling is crumbling

X-Ray Developing Room
In this room is where they develop the X-Rays. Look at the equipment

The Lab
Believe it or not, this is the Laboratory!
Gracias Fidel!

A nurse working at the Lab

The Emergency Room
That poor fellow was involved in a traffic accident and had been waiting over 5 hours for any kind of medical care

The Emergency Room
Medical supplies that had been used on other patients could be seen on the floor

The Restrooms
The restrooms that the visitors are supposed to use. If you were not sick before going to that hospital, you'll be by the time you leave

The Restrooms
Another look at the conditions of the visitors' restroom

The washbowl
Before you leave the men's room, you are supposed to wash your hands here, except that there is no soap and no water!

Another visitor to Cuba experiences Castroscare
Jan. 27 - From an article in Moon Travel Guides (H/T) Capitol Hill Cubans:
A few weeks ago while escorting a National Geographic Expeditions’ 10-day “Cuba: Discover its Culture & People” trip, one of the participants fell ill with a serious dental problem.
I accompanied her to the Clínica Internacional—the foreigners-only International Clinic— Cienfuegos. Cuba’s best medical services are reserved for foreign tourists paying hard currency. This was no exception. An English-speaking doctor saw us immediately.
She identified an abcess and recommended we visit the dental ward at Cienfuegos Hospital. We were transferred in a low-tech ambulance.
The hospital’s broken windows and screens were an ill omen of worse to come: The black ring (caused by a million grubby hands) around the door handle to the dental ward, suggested it hadn’t been cleaned since the revolution.
We were admitted immediately to the ward and seated at one of a dozen stations. The first image took my breath away. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Dental instruments were sitting in a tray that hadn’t been cleaned—not even wiped!—in ages. Literally, my best guess is in months, if not years! A microscopic study might well have revealed every known bacteria under the sun. In Europe or North America, the hospital would be instantly closed as a health hazard. The travelers looked up at me with a mix of revulsion and near-panic.
Fortunately, the female dentist didn’t need to place any instrument in her mouth. Instead, she looked into her mouth and instantly confirmed the abcess, then wrote a prescription for antibiotics, which the international clinic had in stock.
The next day, while walking along Cienfuegos’ main shopping street (El Búlevar), the group paused to peruse the local pharmacy that serves local Cubans. I counted barely a handful of drugs (all locally produced) for sale on the sparsely stocked shelves.
What a study in contrasts!…
The barebones Cubans-only pharmacies. And the foreigners-only pharmacies fully stocked with imported drugs, reminding me of President Jimmy Carter’s admonition (presented live on Cuban TV during his visit to Cuba in January 2001) that Cuba can buy all the drugs its needs from Mexico, Brazil, etc. at prices well below those charged in the United States.
The Cuban government disingenuously tells Cubans that the U.S. embargo is to blame for the critical shortage of basic medicines. How, then, to explain the fully-stocked pharmacies serving tourists, which Cubans never get to see? Clearly, a political decision has been made to not stock the Cuban pharmacies.
Why? I can think of only one plausible reason: It’s great politics in Fidel Castro’s pathological demonization of Uncle Sam. Let’s hope things will soon change under his younger brother, Raúl.
Meanwhile, and more worrying, is the disparity between Cuba’s claims about the excellence of its health-care system and the shocking revelation that it doesn’t even apply standards of basic hygiene. Moon Travel Guides

Another video showing the real conditions of the hospitals in Cuba for regular citizens
Video taken at the Hijas de Galicia Maternity Hospital in Havana, on June of this year.
In any civilized country, a hospital like this one would be closed by the health authorities.
Not even an animal hospital would be allowed to remain open under such filthy conditions.
Fidel Castro would have died years ago if he was forced to go to one of these hospitals.
Next time a Castro apologist, like Michael Moore, claims that Cubans receive excellent health care thanks to the Castro brothers, send him this video.

This is not Auschwitz, this is the psychiatric hospital in Castro's Cuba
March 2 - These photos were taken at Havana's psychiatric hospital, known as Mazorra, in early January of this year and taken out of the island by people who risked their lives to show the world what really is happening in Castro's Cuba.
These are several of the more than 40 patients who died of hypothermia at the hospital, when temperatures near freezing hit the area where Mazorra is located.
These patients died because of the negligence of those in charge of this hospital, and after they died, hospital officials threw them on a table, one on top of the other, like bags of garbage at the local dumpster.
This is the fantastic healthcare that Cubans receive, according to Michael Moore and other useful idiots.
Patients are treated worse than animals. It is the cruelty of that brutal regime that has been oppressing the Cuban people for more than 51 years, while the dictator murdering and oppressing Cubans is referred to as "president," and embraced by Latin American leaders who were democratically elected.
Many show marks that indicate that patients were beaten before they died.

The hospitals where they didn't take Michael Moore
The photos at Marina Azcuy were taken by Adela Soto and Luis Alberto Pacheco Mendoza.
The ones at Quinta Covadonga were taken by someone who wants to remain anonymous.

A patient at the Hogar Provincial de Ancianos Marina Azcuy, in Pinar del Rio

A patient's bed at that same facility

A patient with an injured foot

Another patient at Marina Azcuy

Emergency Room at Quinta Covadonga, now known as Salvador Allende, Havana

Bathroom at the Emergency Room, Quinta Covadonga

This sign reads: "In Cuba, an old age secure and dignified" But is it true?
These photos were taken at the Hogar Provincial de Ancianos Marina Azcuy in Pinar del Rio province by independent journalists Luis Alberto Pacheco Mendoza and Adela Soto.

This photo is not from Auschwitz, it was taken in one of those famous "free health care facilities" in Castro's Cuba

Yes, those black marks are flies

The first four photos below, were also taken at the Marina Azcuy facility.
They were taken at the Hogar Provincial de Ancianos Marina Azcuy in Pinar del Rio province.
In September of 2004, one of Sweden most influential newspapers, Dagens Nyheter,  published several of these photos in an article about healthcare in Cuba for elderly people.
The other one was taken by a tourist who was recently in Cuba. Click on the images to enlarge.

Floors full of excrements, bare mattresses, terrible food and even worse medical attention

This photo was taken by a tourist. This man said that he was taking his sick father to the hospital on a wheelbarrow because there were no ambulances available

An e-mail and a photo from a reader who just returned from his first visit to Castroland: "My God, I have just returned from my first visit to Cuba. I am SO sorry for what Fidel Castro has done to this beautiful country and people. I visited a hospital in his home town of Santiago and could not believe my eyes, it was disgusting. I could never imagine my parents or family having to endure a night in that shithole with cockroaches. What has this man done to this beautiful country and people? I thought S. Africa was bad enough but the real poverty and what I saw defies description, I was truly angered , frustrated and really saddened. F.C should be ashamed of himself. I cannot sleep without thinking of all those poor people left to their own devices, hardly any food, vegetables, fruit. I saw the REAL Cuba as I have a Cuban friend but I am sure most tourists do not even have a clue what is happening there. 20 Oct 2008.T.T"
Letter from a slave doctor in Angola
A relative of a Cuban slave doctor, who was sent by the Castro regime to work in Angola, have sent me copy of a recent e-mail he received where the doctor explains how the Castro brothers exploit those who are forced to abandon their families and go work in foreign countries.
The name of the doctor has been omitted for obvious reasons. Here is a translation of what he said:
"Let me explain how the contract works. The Angolan government pays Cuba US$10,000 monthly for each doctor, but from that total, the Cuban government pays Angola's Ministry of Health US$6,000 per month to guarantee our housing and transportation. We have to pay for our own food. Of the US$4,000 left we only receive US$600, but 30% of the $600 is paid to an account in Cuba. I spend about US$150 buying food that I have to cook myself and if you check the phone bill, it cost around US$40 to call Cuba. As you can see, it is not easy."
Note - According to the relatives, the 30% that is paid in Cuba is in CUC Convertible Cuban Pesos that are worthless outside of Cuba.
Based on this breakdown, Cuba is receiving US$4,000 net after expenses for each doctor. The Cuban government pays US$420 ($600 less 30%) to the doctor and 180 CUC,  go to an account in Cuba.
And the difference, approximately US$3,400, goes to the pocket of Castro & Castro Slave Traders Unlimited.
Some exiled doctors that I've talked to believe that the figure that the Cuban government pays for the "housing and transportation" seems high and is probably what the government told the doctor.
If that's the case, the difference that goes to the Castro brothers pockets could be even higher.
Multiply that by the thousands of Cuban doctors who are currently working in foreign countries and you can understand why Forbes lists Fidel Castro as one of the world's richest dictators.
Next time you hear one of those foreign ignorant talking about the "generosity" of Cuba's leaders in "sharing" thousands of Cuban doctors to help the poor and the needy around the world, show them this letter.

An American reporter writes about the medical apartheid that she witnessed in Cuba
Those of you who saw Michael Moore's documentary "Sicko," would remember the scene where Moore and his guests walked into a Cuban pharmacy and asked for an asthma medication, Salbutemol, and immediately the clerk opens a drawer and gives it to one of the guests, a woman from New York, who then begins to cry when she learns that in Cuba that medicine costs only a fraction of what it costs in New York. According to Moore, his guests received the "the same care" that any regular Cuban would receive, "no more, no less."
But the scene at the Cuban pharmacy, as the whole portion of Sicko filmed in Cuba, was a fallacy conceived, scripted, staged and rehearsed by the Cuban regime with Moore's acting the part of the useful idiot.
In an article titled "Catching a cold in Cuba," Sally Melcher Jarvis, a correspondent for a Pennsylvanian newspaper who went to Cuba in November of 2007 accompanying a humanitarian mission organized by a local museum, found out about the apartheid that regular Cubans are suffering since Castro turned them into second class citizens in their own country.
Here is part of what she wrote: "It wasn't much of a cold; just the kind that would get better by itself in a week. In the meantime it was a nuisance with a cough and stuffy nose. A little over-the-counter remedy would help.....There were no over-the-counter remedies to be had. I asked the guide what Cubans did if they had a cold. The guide said that a Cuban would go to the doctor — a visit free of charge — who would write a prescription for aspirin. However, there would be no way to fill the prescription. We visited a pharmacy later in the trip. Behind the counter five well-dressed Cuban women waited to serve, but the shelves were empty. The only items in sight were the monthly ration of sanitary napkins, 10 permitted per Cuban woman per month.
It was like being in a dream where two different things can happen at the same time. We were in a two-tier system: one for the privileged (tourists, for example) and the other for those who lived and worked in socialist Cuba. Our luxurious state-owned hotel was closed to Cubans, except for those who worked there. A Cuban could not even come in for a meal.
It was depressing to see attractive and intelligent people restricted and denied opportunity in such an appealing land only 90 miles away from our country. The accident of birth has put me in a free country and I have never been so grateful."   Click here to read the entire article

Hannity and Colmes
For those of you who were not able to watch Hannity and Colmes' program about health care in Cuba for regular Cubans, here are Part I and Part II

In case that you missed the November 8 program on Channel 41
Here is the entire "A Mano Limpia Program" with journalist Oscar Haza; Dr. Darsi Ferrer by phone from Cuba; Luis Alberto Pacheco the photographer who took the incredible photos at the Hogar Provincial de Ancianos Marina Azcuy in Pinar del Rio province and who had to leave Cuba by boat after State Security agents threatened to arrest him for taking photos like these inside Cuba's hospitals.
Some of his photos can be seen on our page about Health Care.
Part 1  Part 1.1  Part 2  Part 3   Part 4   Part 5  Thanks to "Myself" for the links

An interview with Dr. Darsi Ferrer Ramirez (Updated 10/16 Better sound)
Dr. Ferrer, a well known dissident and human rights activist in Cuba, explains everything that is wrong with Cuba's health care.
Click here (In Spanish)

The 20/20 program about healthcare in Cuba is now on YouTube

Healthy in Cuba, Sick in America?
Anyone who's seen Michael Moore's film "Sicko" will recall the scene in which he shouts with a bullhorn as his boat takes a group of people, including Sept. 11 workers, to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where he says prisoners get better health care than Americans.
After the manned gun towers blow horns at Moore's boat, he takes the group to Havana, where his movie says socialized medicine — government-run medicine — is great for everyone. When Moore's group arrives in Havana, they are taken to a special section of a large showcase hospital. Moore says in the film, "I asked [the Havana hospital] to give us the same exact care they give their fellow Cuban citizens. No more, no less. And that's what they did."
Moore sat down with "20/20's" John Stossel and talked about that claim. When asked whether it really was an average hospital, Moore said, "Yes." "This isn't just me saying this, you know. All the world health organizations or whatever have confirmed that if there's one thing they do right in Cuba, it's health care," Moore said. "And there's very little debate about that." In fact, there is plenty of debate. Miami-based Cuban Human Rights activist Jose Carro says Moore's movie paints an inaccurate picture. More
At the end of this article you can post your comments. You will need to register by entering your e-mail and password.
You can also e-mail John Stossel here: JohnStossel@abcnews.com
And it is important that you also post your opinions on the chatroom: Click here
Make sure that you voice your opinions! We have always complained that the main street media has ignored the tragedy of the Cuban people. If ABC is taking a first step in showing the reality of Cuba, we need to tell them about our experiences and give them our support.

More videos taken inside the hospitals for regular Cubans (Updated 10/15)
These videos were taken during the month of August 2007.
Let's see what the Castro apologists will say now.
Those apologists who have been saying for 49 years that it is OK for Cubans not to have human rights, not to be able to choose their system of government, not to have a free press, not to be able to criticize the brutal regime oppressing them, because after all they do have " a free and excellent health care."
Now you will be able to see how these people have lied!
There are 50+ videos, I will keep posting them as time permits. Please check the website often for updates.
Rooms for patients taken at the 10 de Octubre and Miguel Enriquez hospitals.
Exterior Front of Miguel Enriquez Hospital Notice the garments hanging from windows; broken windows; near the end of the video there is a view of the inside staircases and you can see that the exterior panel glasses are missing. Some pieces of wood have been placed on the floor against these windows to prevent people from falling.
Video #1 This video was filmed inside the 10 de Octubre Hospital (formerly known as "La Dependiente") in Havana, Cuba.
This is a hospital for regular Cubans, very different from those hospitals for foreigners and tourists where regular Cubans are not allowed.
In the video, a relative of another patient is told by a nurse to watch when the patient on the next bed stops breathing, because that would be a signal that he was dead.
If you watch closely, 24 seconds into the video, you'll see a fly landing on top of the dead patient's pajamas.
Elevators This video was taken at the Miguel Enriquez Hospital in Havana. Only one of the elevators is functioning. The panel glasses at the end of the hall by the elevators are missing and now they have placed some pieces of wood on the floor and against the window to prevent someone from falling down.
Room at the Miguel Enriquez Hospital  This room at the Miguel Enriquez Hospital (Formerly known as Benefica) happened to be empty at the time and it was possible to take a more detailed video. Notice the filthy conditions of the bathroom; the mattresses; pieces of plastic and rags covering the broken windows.

Another example of the "great health facilities" that Castro has built for the Cuban people
On May 20, 1989, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro inaugurated the new maternity ward at the Julio Trigo Hospital in Arroyo Naranjo, near Havana.
It was a very modern facility with 425 beds. Here is what he said at the time: "Well, I think we have a magnificent hospital facility. It was finished a few weeks ago and has already started to render services, except the inauguration was delayed a little. That's fine though because we are still on time. I was saying that it is a magnificent hospital facility. I asked the public health investor: How does it compare with other maternity hospitals? He said to me: Undoubtedly, this is the best one in Cuba. This is logical because I think that every new thing we make should be better.... As with every one of these hospitals, there will be something that will be amended, there will be things that are perfected. Even though they are similar projects, there is no doubt that each one will be better than the other. Here, however, we have the best maternity-infant hospital in the country."
That was in 1989. Do you want to see how "the best maternity-infant hospital" in Cuba looks now?

Click here if you want to read what Castro said when this hospital was inaugurated

Cuban health care in decline - Washington Post photo gallery Click here

"Moreover, in a country that is generally praised for its universal health care, hospitals are falling apart, patients must buy their own sutures on the black market and it is almost impossible to find common medications such as Aspirin and antibiotics." Click here to read the article Click here to hear the audio
Thanks to cubaverdad.net for the links

"Bad Cuban Medicine"
Too often, for lack of medicine, doctors have no choice but to amputate limbs, or to put patients through painful therapies without painkillers. In one celebrated case, Dr. Hilda Molina, the founder of Havana's International Center for Neurological Restoration, returned the medals that Fidel Castro had awarded her for her work and resigned in protest, outraged that Cubans were denied critical care in order to treat foreigners.  Click here

In 2007, there was another dengue epidemic in Cuba
Click here to see this video of how cars are being stopped on the road to Cienfuegos to be fumigated
Click here to watch this big truck spraying insecticide in another Cuban town
But in the meantime, you still see garbage all over the place, the hospitals are so full that they cannot accept more patients, and the medical offices warn their patients that they have run out of medicines. And the Castro regime refuses to acknowledge the crisis.
The five photos below were taken by Dr. Darsi Ferrer, Director, Centro de Salud y Derechos Humanos "Juan Bruno Zayas"

Garbage and pools of water everywhere. The perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Inside a medical office where children are being treated

A medical office with a sign warning patients that there are no prescriptions available

A medical office for Cuban patients

Thanks to Stefania for the photos.

And before any Castro apologist comes here to tell me that the reason why there are no medicines and no modern hospitals to treat Cubans is because of the embargo, read this article in Prensa Latina on Sunday, October 1, 2006:

"Twenty More Hospitals Equipped by Cuba in Bolivia"
"La Paz - Oct. 1-Twenty more hospitals equipped by Cuba will join a previous 20 supplied by the Cuban government to Bolivia this year, said Cuban Ambassador to Bolivia Rafael Dausa here Sunday.
The announcement was made by Dausa here during the opening of a diagnosis center in San Cristobal, in the Bolivian southern department of Potosi, at which Bolivian President Evo Morales was also present."Click here

How can Castro equip 20 hospitals in Bolivia while Cubans do not have medicines and their hospitals and medical facilities are falling apart and using equipment that is obsolete? How can anyone still say that this old tyrant is a nationalist who has the best interest of the Cuban people in mind?

In this video, a Cuban lady explains hat she had to bring her own bed sheets, towels, soap and many times there was not even water Click here (Spanish)

Read this article in American Diplomacy about healthcare in Castro's Cuba: Doctors for Dollars

And a later update: Questions and answers

New photos taken at the hospitals for Cubans
A Hospital in Placetas. Look at the mattresses
At the same hospital in Placetas
The hospital kitchen!
The hospital in Placetas where the previous photos were taken
The town pharmacy in Placetas
Photo taken at Holguin's psychiatric hospital
At the same Holguin hospital
At another Cuban hospital. This one is for elderly people
This photo was taken at one of these hospitals, but I honestly don't have an idea of what this machine is. ** See note below
I believe this was taken at the hospital's laundry room, but I'm not sure.
"The "mystery" instrument in the hospital photo is an ancient spectrophotometer, possibly one called a Klett, which was considered obsolete in the US about 30 years ago. It ought to be in a museum! It is used for routine chemistry determinations and was in general use in the US about 50 years ago."
Note.- Since Castro has been in power for almost 50 years, this instrument was probably at this hospital prior to 1959. Hospitals for foreigners have the most modern equipment, but to treat the poor Cubans any obsolete equipment is good enough because they cannot pay the dictator in hard currency.

These incredible photos below were taken by María Elena Morejón and were included in an article written by Carlos Wotzkow that appeared in www.gentiuno.com on March 6 of 2005.
They were taken at Hospital Clínico Quirúrgico Joaquin Albarran in Havana. Here are these amazing photographs that once again prove that those who say that Cubans are receiving great healthcare thanks to Castro, don't know what they are talking about:

Restrooms and showers in the Emergency Room. These facilities are used by patients and hospital personnel

Part of the Emergency Room

Gentiuno reporters counted 27 dead roaches on the floor

Desk used by the physician on duty

The examination room

This is the room where blood samples are taken

The lab to conduct blood analysis

Electric and phone wires are hanging everywhere

If the lack of hygiene doesn't kill you....

....you may get electrocuted on your way out

Those black marks on the curtain separating the bed of this patient from the bed of his roommate ARE FLIES!

File cabinets used to store orthopedic products that would later be used by patients

None of the public phones in the lobby were working the day that Gentiuno reporters visited the hospital

Open receptacle with soiled garments inside the operating room

The recovery room. The fan was brought by the patient and had to be plugged from a ceiling lamp

The ceiling of the recovery room

The baseboard in the recovery room. It was last cleaned before Castro came to power in 1959

Washbasin used by doctors who treat orthopedic patients

Photo taken in the orthopedic room

Washbasin in the orthopedic room

This used to be the utility room, but it is now being used as the shower for patients

These next four photos were taken at a hospital in Placetas and are further proof of the big differences between the hospitals for tourists and foreigners and these hospitals for regular Cubans. 

Now, compare the facilities above with "La Pradera International Health Center," one of the
health facilities built by Castro for the exclusive use of those foreigners who can pay him
with hard currency.
Many foreigners still believe that the facilities used by regular Cubans are the same as the
those that they use and when they return to their countries they help spread Castro's lies and
propaganda about the "excellent free healthcare" that Cubans receive

And that is why foreigners like Maradona will kiss the hands of their 'godfather,' while regular Cubans continue to be treated worse than animals

While Cubans are treated worse than animals at Cuba's hospitals, the Castro regime advertises its excellent health care for foreigners who can afford to pay the dictator in hard currency. The Cuban regime has even opened offices in several cities in South America and Europe to sell these services. This is a website of one of those sales offices in Santiago, Chile. Look at all the services that are being offered to those Chileans who can pay Castro in hard currency and compare that with the 'services' that regular Cubans receive. 

"But at least the healthcare is free"
Photos courtesy of Bitacora Cubana
Dr. Darsi Ferrer Ramírez, Director of the Juan Bruno Zayas Health and Human Rights Center in Havana, sent these photos of Yamilet Fernandez Donate, a 32 year old Cuban woman who almost died after complaining last November 27 of abdominal pain and entering one of Havana's hospitals for Cubans. At the time, Mrs. Fernandez was six weeks pregnant and wasn't suffering from any diagnosed illness. She entered the Hospital Nacional in Havana where she was given intravenous analgesics and was sent home when the pain subsided.
A few hours later, Yamilet's abdominal pain got much worse and she was also running a fever. She went to the Hijas de Galicia Maternity Hospital. There she was told that her pain was not related to her pregnancy and that she should see the surgeon on duty at the Miguel Enriques Hospital. In there, she was told that she was suffering from Acute Gastritis and the doctors recommended a gastric suction (stomach pumping or gastric lavage) and after the procedure she was told to go home that everything was now OK.
When Yamilet got much worse, her family took her to the Julio Trigo Hospital. Once there, the doctors told her that what she really had was an Urinary Infection and said that the best thing was to send her back to the Hospital Nacional. In the next couple of days Yamilet's health got much worse. She was in constant pain and running a high fever. She was vomiting, had muscular fatigue and even fainted several times. After the family kept complaining, the doctors decided to operate the poor woman and they finally determined that she had a perforated appendix, peritonitis and an intestinal occlusion.
After the operation she spent several days in the intensive care unit and later had to have another surgery due to several complications that resulted from the first one. Several days later the doctors told her that they had to perform an abortion. At the end, and because of the negligence of her doctors, Yamilet lost her baby and also portions of her intestine and colon. She also has very ugly scars on her abdomen to remind her of the pain and suffering that she had to endure at the hands of these butchers dressed as doctors. Castro has sent thousands of Cuban doctors to Venezuela and many other countries of South America and Africa. And now Cubans who get sick have to endure not only the lack of medicines, but also the lack of qualified medical practitioners. Of course, those 'doctors' don't have to worry about a malpractice lawsuit since they work for the Cuban regime and the victims don't have any right to complain about their "free healthcare." Next time that you hear one of Castro's apologists saying that Cubans receive "excellent free healthcare" show them Yamilet's photos and the story of what she went through.

Don't blame the embargo for the lack of medical equipment in Cuba's hospitals
Those who still are trying to defend the indefensible claim that the reason why Cuba's hospital lack the necessary equipment and supplies to treat regular Cubans is because of the US embargo. But that is another lie perpetrated by Castro's propaganda machine. Have you ever heard of "Combiomed?
The headquarters for Combiomed are located at what the Castro regime refers to as "the scientific pole of East Havana." According to its website, more than 12,000 medical equipment manufactured by Combiomed is being used in many countries around the world "and this number increases by several hundred each month." And what type of medical equipment are we talking about? Equipment that is not available at the hospitals that treat regular Cubans.

Equipment for stress tests


Equipment to test blood pressure

Equipment to monitor patients

Pulse oximeters

Equipment to treat ulcers

Tele-medicine equipment

**From one of our readers, Ned, in reference to the second to the last photo:

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