In Luis Razetti Hospital in Barcelona, to be specific,

Around 10 one recent night, Dr. Freddy Díaz walked down a hall there that had become an impromptu ward for patients who had no beds. Some clutched blood-soaked bandages and called from the floor for help. One, brought in by the police, was handcuffed to a gurney. In a supply room, cockroaches fled as the door swung open.

Dr. Díaz logged a patient’s medical data on the back of a bank statement someone had thrown in the trash.

“We have run out of paper here,” he said.

On the fourth floor, one of his patients, Rosa Parucho, 68, was one of the few who had managed to get a bed, though the rotting mattress had left her back covered in sores.

But those were the least of her problems: Ms. Parucho, a diabetic, was unable to receive kidney dialysis because the machines were broken. An infection had spread to her feet, which were black that night. She was going into septic shock.

Ms. Parucho needed oxygen, but none was available. Her hands twitched and her eyes rolled into the back of her head.

“The bacteria aren’t dying; they’re growing,” Dr. Díaz said, noting that three of the antibiotics Ms. Parucho needed had been unavailable for months.

This from yet another harrowing, front-page-above-the-fold story on Venezuela – this time by Nicholas Casey in the International New York Times:


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  1. Great use of one of my favorite paintings. Even Bosch could not have envisioned Venezuelan hell…love Caracas Chronicles, hate what you have to report on.

  2. How much more will the people of Venezuela endure? Certainly, even the most hardcore Chavista is suffering just as much as everyone else? Or are they somehow getting the foods and medicines THEY need for being so loyal?

    • Well, there is always believing in the government bullshit to avoid having to face up to how wrong you have been for decades…

  3. Like I said in the other thread, my daughter is an MD in Caracas and every day she has to play God and decide who will live and die because the little resources they still have are so numbered. Now hopefully the world can start challenging the insanity of any Chavista who says there is no emergency in Venezuela (re: Delcy to the UN) and it’s all a right wing plot. At this point public awareness is crucial to start splintering the Chavistas, who can’t all be so monstrous that they can watch this tragedy with a clear conscience.

  4. The world is just watching this crap like it did the Rwandan Massacre and doing nothing. The lefties can’t criticize their beloved socialism so they hope no one is noticing while they run around telling us how wonderful the revolution is. The Chavistas are too proud to admit they have caused this and refuse the shame of accepting aid from foreign sources. Even Castro wasn’t this cruel and stupid. And Mark Weisbrot et al continue the “it’s all the USA’s fault, everything is fine” propaganda lies as if they somehow think Chavismo will survive and that Danny Glover will one day make his big film. Hollywood left? Not a peep out of them, not any aid or support for the people at all, just for the crooks running the government.

  5. A million dollar question is: What can any outside agency (country, panel, group, organization, politician) do to force Maduro’s hand? He’s like an alcoholic who refuses to acknowledge the problem (it’s everyone else’s fault) and is constitutionally incapable of change, doomed to drink himself to death. I can’t think of one important issue per government policy where the current regime gave an inch to ANY contrary view. The courts have never once gone against the government. It’s looking like the whole disaster has to implode, but this time around, the folks in charge will have no place to run. One just hopes that the inevitable meltdown won’t take too many lives. But if Maduro goes down swinging, like he seems to be promising with his, “Fuck it, let’s do it” speech about people defending the revolution with a farm implement in one hand and a gun in another – who knows. He’s basically saying, “If I have to go, you have to die.” Insano, pues. Jesus, this can’t end well I’m afraid, but it’s probably gonna end sooner than later.

  6. This is virtually the same situation for all public hospitals in Venezuela, with a few Caracas public hospitals being slightly better off. More of this Venezuelan inhuman/inhumane public health/medical hell should be publicized internationally, since it’s more viscerally grabbing than, say, toilet paper or food shortages….

  7. For the sake of your mental, physical, spiritual health… do NOT read the comment section for that article, I implore.

    • Too late. Much of the NYT readership is fully on board with Chavismo and are outright apologists for Maduro and his brand of socialism.


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