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Venezuelan Child Who Protested Medicine Shortages Passes Away

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - May 27, 2016, 11:25 am
Shortage of drugs led Oliver Sanchez and his family to protest. (El Estímulo)

EspañolThe eight year old whose image went viral several months ago after participating in a protest against Venezuela’s drug shortages died recently after he was unable to receive the medicine he needed.

“I want to get better, peace and health,” Sanchez’s sign read during a demonstration, which made him the face of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis turned Venezuela.

Oliver Sanchez was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma just over a year ago, but shortages of medicines needed for treatment led him and his family to participate in the demonstration.

“We are in a desperate situation,” his mother Mitzaida Berroterán said at the time.

Sanchez’s cousin Ricardo Lobo told the newspaper Efecto Cocuyo that at the time, the child “asked for paper and a pencil and wrote the sign.”

Lobo said that what little medical care they could get ended up being by donation.

Last week, Sanchez’s condition, affected by a respiratory infection, landed him in the Hospital Dr. Elias Toro in Caracas; however, there wasn’t an available bed for him.

The neighbor of the Sanchez family Esperanza Hermida said he had to get the money to move Oliver to a clinic, where he later died.

“His mother took him to the clinic, Hermida said. “It’s very hard. I was crying while talking about his case.”

Source: Efecto Cocuyo

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño

Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.