The Wider Image: High power prices drive some patients in Spain into poverty
Herbert, 32, a caregiver, shaves his client Jose Maria Casais, 69, who uses a portable oxygen concentrator respiratory machine connected to electricity to breathe, in front of a picture of Casais's parents on the wall, inside his house in Barcelona, Spain, January 4, 2023. Casais has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, that causes airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. Many electricity-dependent Spaniards are facing some stark choices, said Nicole Hass, a spokesperson for the Spanish Association for Patients with COPD (APEPOC), 'With this rise in electricity prices they have to decide between eating and breathing.' REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "DOCE ENERGY CRISIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.