Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts

Posted : 2019-05-22 14:05 Updated : 2019-05-22 14:17
Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, poses for a photo after a dialysis session, near her home in La Concepcion, Venezuela, April 26, 2019. "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. "I have not had dialysis for two days because there has been no electricity. I am scared. Reuters

Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, stands in her house during a blackout in La Concepcion, Venezuela, April 12, 2019. Reuters

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, 2019. Reuters

The hands of Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, and her 83-year-old grandmother, are seen as they pose for a photo, while they wait for the electricity to return, at her house during a blackout, in La Concepcion, Venezuela, April 12, 2019. Reuters

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, 2019. Reuters

Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, travels by bus after a dialysis session at a dialysis centre in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 26, 2019. Reuters

Patients with kidney disease wait with their relatives, for electricity to return, in front of a dialysis centre during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 13, 2019. Reuters

Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a patient with kidney disease, reacts during a dialysis session, after a blackout, at a dialysis centre in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 11, 2019. Reuters

A patient with kidney disease waits for a dialysis session, in a dialysis centre after a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 12, 2019. Reuters

Aidalis Guanipa, 25, a kidney disease patient, rests under a tree after a day of dialysis, at her home in La Concepcion, Venezuela April 26, 2019. Reuters

Lesbia Avila de Molina, 53, a kidney disease patient, holds her stomach due to pain in her house during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 12, 2019. 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

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, Venezuela April 11, 2019. Reuters

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, Venezuela April 11, 2019. Reuters

Lino Lopez, husband of Maria Esis, who has kidney disease, uses his car to collect water during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela April 11, 2019. Reuters

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, Venezuela April 11, 2019. Reuters

A Venezuelan police officer orders a man to lift his shirt, during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 12, 2019. Reuters

William Lopez, 45, a patient with kidney disease, waits for the electricity to return, at a dialysis centre, during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 11, 2019. "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. Reuters

A nurse waits for the electricity to return, at a dialysis centre, during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 13, 2019. Reuers

Maria Esis, 52, a kidney disease patient, sits next to her husband Lino Lopez, as they wait for the electricity to return during a blackout, at their house in Maracaibo, Venezuela April 11, 2019. Reuters

Maria Esis, 52, a kidney disease patient, uses a telephone in front of her house during a blackout in Maracaibo, Venezuela April 11, 2019. Reuters

Car's headlights are seen in a neighbourhood during a blackout, in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 12, 2019. Reuters