CAP-HAITIEN — The first cholera patient who arrived at the GHESKIO health center Monday was practically dead. The 22-year-old woman’s heart was not beating, her blood pressure was near zero, she could not urinate because she was severely dehydrated and she was extremely thin, Dr. Jean William Pape, GHESKIO’S director said.
GHESKIO’s healthcare workers performed a cardiac massage and rehydrated the woman during her two-day stay at the center. Dr. Pape is not authorized to disclose the patient’s identity.
“If she came maybe one minute later, we could have not done anything for her,” Dr. Pape said in an Oct. 4 phone interview with The Haitian Times the day the woman was released. “She came at what I call a minus-five case. That’s a case in which we can say God saved her.”
Some Haitians do not yet believe cholera returned to their country. They believe, without proof, the government is pushing health officials to spread misinformation about cholera to scare demonstrators into lifting the lockdown.
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