A person who is told they are going to have to have a leg amputated after a traumatic accident is likely to seek a second opinion before losing all hope.
Eneida Rosa Ovalles from Panama found herself in this very situation. Hospitalized in her home country after a tragic traffic accident that left her with various fractures and facial disfigurement, she faced surgery that would leave her with an amputated leg. But as a positive person with a fighting spirit, she left the hospital in search of hope.
A family member of Eneida’s was in Cuba at the time and persuaded her to come to the country for a second opinion. Once her clinical history had been evaluated, she decided to come to Havana to be treated by Cuban medics.
In an interview with CubaPlus Eneida described how she underwent several surgeries.
“I was given bone tissue grafts and physiotherapy. And, after three surgical interventions, they even managed to reconstruct my face.”
“I needed to use external braces for a long time. And because of the blows I’d received I suffered several hemorrhages. But I didn’t give up. The doctors reevaluated me and told me there was a seventy per cent chance they could recuperate with surgery with surgery and the treatments I would be prescribed, combine of course with the strength of my will to recover.”
“Today,” she added, “I can show you what they achieved. I can’t run, but I know I’ll get on well with my Caliper*, which is the treatment I’m undergoing at the moment.”
Eneida considers it a blessing to have come to Cuba because Cuban medicine is in her words “su per great”.
“The doctors at the Frank País and Camilo Cien fuegos hospitals, and the Cira García clinic, are the best. They have my utmost respect.”
“For that reason,” she said, “I would recommend anyone who found themselves in my situation to go and be treated by Cuban doctors, because I’m sure they would manage to recuperate and improve no ticeably there.”
She finished on a very optimistic note, saying to “anyone who complains about life” that “as long as you’re breathing, there is life.”