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Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Missing dialysis treatment, which removes toxins that build up in the blood of people who suffer kidney failure, leaves patients feeling dizzy and nauseous. Chronic kidney patients can die if going too long without treatment.
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Seconds before William Lopez, 45, was set to be connected to a dialysis machine at a state-run clinic...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Seconds before William Lopez, 45, was set to be connected to a dialysis machine at a state-run clinic in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo in April, the power went out. Pictured, Lopez waits for the electricity to return at a dialysis center during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 11. "The impotence that I feel makes me want to cry," said Lopez "Some people go to sleep while they are in treatment. I do not, because I am scared I will never wake up."
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VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Missing dialysis treatment, which removes toxins that build up in the blood of people who suffer kidney...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Missing dialysis treatment, which removes toxins that build up in the blood of people who suffer kidney failure, leaves Lopez feeling dizzy and nauseous. Like any chronic kidney patient, he could die if he goes too long without treatment. Unable to complete his treatment that day, Lopez had little choice but to return home. When he arrived, the power was out there as well. Pictured, a car's headlights are seen in a neighborhood during a blackout, in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 12. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Electricity has largely been restored to the capital city of Caracas after two nation-wide power outages...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Electricity has largely been restored to the capital city of Caracas after two nation-wide power outages in March and April. But many other parts of Venezuela now have power for only several hours per day under a rationing plan put in effect by President Nicolas Maduro.

Pictured, Lino Lopez, husband of Maria Esis, who has kidney disease, uses his car to collect water during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 11. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Few places have been harder-hit than sweltering Maracaibo, the country's second-largest city, which still...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Few places have been harder-hit than sweltering Maracaibo, the country's second-largest city, which still experiences power cuts lasting 10 hours or more per day. That has led to water shortages, making it hard to provide the minimum 120 liters (32 gallons) of water doctors say is needed for a full dialysis session. Dialysis requires consistent supplies of power and water to provide the recommended treatment of three or four hours, three times a week.

Pictured, Elimenes Fuenmayor, 65, a kidney disease patient, during a dialysis session in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 11. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Venezuela's public hospitals for years have provided free dialysis treatment, thanks to abundant oil...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Venezuela's public hospitals for years have provided free dialysis treatment, thanks to abundant oil revenue and generous health-care spending. But since the economy crashed along with oil prices in 2014, new equipment rarely arrives and the existing machines are not maintained, doctors say.

Pictured, Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a patient with kidney disease, during a dialysis session after a blackout in Maracaibo, April 11. "I should have been born rich to be able to buy myself a new kidney," said Guanipa. They get by on her 83-year-old grandmother's pension and from sales of homemade sweets. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Maduro says healthcare problems are caused by U.S. sanctions that blocked funds in foreign bank accounts...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Maduro says healthcare problems are caused by U.S. sanctions that blocked funds in foreign bank accounts that could be used to pay for imports of equipment and medicine. He says the recent power outages are the result of Washington-backed sabotage of the electrical system. His adversaries say those problems were created by incompetence and corruption, and that he has refused to recognize the severity of the situation. The information ministry and the health ministry did not reply to requests for comment.

Pictured, a patient with kidney disease waits for a dialysis session after a blackout in Maracaibo, April 12.
REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Lesbia Avila de Molina, 53, a kidney disease patient, holds her stomach due to pain in her house during...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Lesbia Avila de Molina, 53, a kidney disease patient, holds her stomach due to pain in her house during a blackout in Maracaibo, April 12. Avila said she woke up feeling ill one recent morning after receiving just one hour and 40 minutes of treatment the prior day due to lack of power and equipment shortages at her Maracaibo clinic. She said she feels like she is choking when she does not receive full treatment. "I just ask God that if I die, it will not be of choking," said Avila. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
She said at the privately-owned dialysis center where she goes for treatment, only 18 of 35 dialysis...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
She said at the privately-owned dialysis center where she goes for treatment, only 18 of 35 dialysis machines are working.


REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, rests under a tree after a day of dialysis, at her home...
La Concepcion, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, rests under a tree after a day of dialysis, at her home in La Concepcion, April 26. "I should have been born rich to be able to buy myself a new kidney," said Guanipa. They get by on her 83-year-old grandmother's pension and from sales of homemade sweets. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
A chair stands next to kitchen equipment in the house of Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient,...
La Concepcion, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
A chair stands next to kitchen equipment in the house of Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, during a blackout in La Concepcion, Venezuela, April 12. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, prepares her breakfast, before a day of dialysis, at her...
La Concepcion, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, prepares her breakfast, before a day of dialysis, at her home, during a blackout in La Concepcion, Venezuela, April 29.
REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, travels by bus after a dialysis session at a dialysis...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, travels by bus after a dialysis session at a dialysis centre in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 26. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Elimenes Fuenmayor, 65, who has kidney disease, is helped by his sons, as he leaves his house to go to...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Elimenes Fuenmayor, 65, who has kidney disease, is helped by his sons, as he leaves his house to go to the dialysis centre, during a blackout in Maracaibo, April 11. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Elimenes Fuenmayor, 65, a patient with kidney disease, greets another kidney disease patient, as they...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Elimenes Fuenmayor, 65, a patient with kidney disease, greets another kidney disease patient, as they wait for the electricity to return during a blackout, in front of a dialysis centre, in Maracaibo, April 11. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Patients with kidney disease wait with their relatives, for electricity to return, in front of a dialysis...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Patients with kidney disease wait with their relatives, for electricity to return, in front of a dialysis centre during a blackout in Maracaibo, April 13. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Elimenes Fuenmayor, 65, a patient with kidney disease, waits for the electricity to return, as his grandson...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Elimenes Fuenmayor, 65, a patient with kidney disease, waits for the electricity to return, as his grandson lays beside him on the floor, in his house during a blackout in Maracaibo, April 11. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Patients with kidney disease wait with their relatives for a dialysis session at a dialysis center after...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Patients with kidney disease wait with their relatives for a dialysis session at a dialysis center after a blackout in Maracaibo, April 13. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
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May 15, 2019
Lesbia Avila de Molina, 53, a kidney disease patient, reacts during a dialysis session at a dialysis...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Lesbia Avila de Molina, 53, a kidney disease patient, reacts during a dialysis session at a dialysis center after a blackout in Maracaibo, April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
RTS2HSH0
May 15, 2019
A Venezuelan police officer orders a man and his sons to move from the street where he was asking for...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
A Venezuelan police officer orders a man and his sons to move from the street where he was asking for donations, during a blackout in Maracaibo, April 11. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/HEALTH
RTS2HSI0
May 15, 2019
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, poses for a photo with her 83-year-old grandmother, while...
La Concepcion, Venezuela
The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, poses for a photo with her 83-year-old grandmother, while they wait for the electricity to return, at her house during a blackout in La Concepcion, April 12. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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