A Cuban expatriate is hospitalized in Miami with a severe infection that was contracted in the Darien Wilderness.
The patient, identified only as 24-year-old Anthony, was admitted to Hialeah Hospital with serious leg injuries.
“They don’t know exactly what I have, they’re testing me to see what bacteria I have. They think some bug bit me in the Darien woods, or an infection I picked up.” Caught on the way,” Javier Díaz, from Univision 23,
After leaving Cuba, Anthony’s travels lasted three months and spanned 11 countries. He has been in the United States for more than a month, and as soon as he arrived, wounds appeared on his leg.
Not knowing how the American healthcare system works and having no health insurance, she did not go to the hospital until the weekend, when her injuries worsened.
“I was scared, I didn’t know if I could come to the hospital, if they would charge me when I arrived. I was at home for about three weeks, treating my feet myself, self-medicating Was…” , he explained.
Once he decided to go to the emergency room, he found to his satisfaction that he was treated at the hospital without his asking, as his case was an emergency.
It is not the first time that a Cuban has been hit by the rare disease while walking through the Darien jungle.
In 2018, 32-year-old Ramon Alonso Quesada, who arrived in the United States after traveling to several Latin American countries, was admitted for leishmaniasis, a rare infection caused by a parasite of that name, which is transmitted by a mosquito from the jungle where Ramon stayed for four days.
The migrant crossed the Mexican border and once in Nuevo Laredo, when he was detained by immigration officials, he told them what was happening to him, but they ignored him. As a result, the bite marks on his face and arms began to swell more and more.
After passing the credible intimidation interview, he traveled to Miami, where he was hospitalized.