Sunday, April 27, 2014

How Cold Heart and Zeal for Rules at Pharmacy Killed Young Brazilian Mother

Salvador, beautiful city what happened to you?

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil 14th December 2007. Viviane was feeling very sick. She had asthma. She could not breath properly. With her stepfather she ran to the farmacy to buy the equipment to facilitate the breething during astma crisis.
It cost 22 Reais (a bit more than 12 $). She had only 12 reais. Her stepfather in the rush to the farmacy had forgotten the wallet. There were 10 reais (6 $) missing.
Viviane, 29-years old, mother of two kids, student of pedagogy was getting worse and worse. Her stepfather, totally desperate, offered to live the documents of his car to prove he was getting back to the farmacy to pay the 10 reais missing. It was so little money.

Sorry we cannot do that, this is not the procedure. You have to pay the difference.
Viviane’s lips became very red. She was undergoing a violent and devastating crisis. The salesmen at the farmacy could see she was not kidding. She was dying. But they did nothing.

Healthline defines asthma attack this way: “when they occurs, the muscles surrounding the airways become tight and the lining of the air passages swell. This reduces the amount of air that can pass by, and can lead to wheezing sounds. Asthma attacks can last minutes to days and can become dangerous if the airflow becomes severely restricted.”
It is a terrible way of dying and terrible thing to watch too.

Viviane’s stepfather took her to the closest municipal health point. She did not make it. She died while getting there. Her heart stopped beating on the way to the health point.

Any comment is useless. Viviane is dead. The farmacy replaced its employees while some others.
Just few questions come to our minds: what happened to today’s humans to get to this point? A woman is dying in front of our eyes, for such a ridicolous amount of money, and still we are there watching but we stick to the rules, sorry there is an amount missing, small but still missing.

Is this today’s world? A world in which only money and rules account, where a life is not worth not even 6$? Have we lost any human feeling, how did we become like that?

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1 comment:

Sfundo Radebe said...

I am from South Africa and a few months ago I almost lost my life in a government hospital. I have silent asthma which causes me not to wheeze when I am having an attack and for the reason that the nurses did not hear any sounds in my chest they just left me unattended claiming that I was faking an attack until one doctor came in and noticed that I was dying. I wonder what happened to humanity