Ambulance, South America-Style [The "Doctor" Will See You Now]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Amateur Hour, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Road Warriors, Survival, The "Doctor" Will See You Now | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Buckle your seat belts!

While on a family vacation in Porto Viejo, Ecuador, my 3 yr old daughter got sick. On the third day of our trip, in the middle of the night she started going to the bathroom out of both ends, if you know what I mean. After several hours of this, I was worried about her deteriorating condition. Porto Viejo is a small town where every one knows each other so my parents made arrangements for us to go to the pediatrician’s home at 5 am where he confirmed our fear that she was dehydrated. He ordered an IV for her, and instructed us to go to the local clinic, which did not have bed space for non-life threatening conditions. The attending physician inserted an IV and gave us instructions for monitoring, and removing the IV once the dose was complete. To our horror, they sent us home. We took the baby in our arms and the IV hanging out of the window of a taxi! Fortunately she recovered enough for us to take the next flight out, back to the U.S. and the traditional health care to which we are accustomed. —Adriana Aviles, Miami, Florida was a top-ten finalist of the 2010 World’s Unluckiest Traveler Contest, from TravelGuard Insurance, beating out some 800 other tales of woe.


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