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[*] posted on 5-1-2018 at 09:33 PM
Assistance for a foreigner in La Paz


Sometimes another person is required to determine if somebody needs help.
This is such a case and since the individual in question is a foreigner living in La Paz and I do know him for years I am wondering if somebody here can pass on information.
The guy is so ashamed of his situation, he would not ask.
We, a small group of pacenos (Sra. Ingeborg Hoenack, Sr. Gerardo Ortiz, Sr. Javier Unzon and me) do help him as we can yet we all have limitations.
The man has no relatives or family here or in his home country.
His government/embassy is not very cooperative and require him to return to help him
According to a medical certificate, his health/condition does not allow him to fly (you understand when you see the images and get info) as well he does not have the funds for it.
He's not a bad guy at all, no drinker or user. A DVT related pulmonary embolism, lot's of personal property damage by Norbert & Odile and the bacterial infection (it's not diabetes) that almost cost his leg bring him to his knees. I see him "fall apart" being almost 60 now.
If somebody here can maybe forward the info in the link I post to someone capable to assist or notify me on to where to go I gladly pass that on or make a direct connection.
As the times before when I post - sorry on my poor English. I run it past the Google translator but know it is not good.
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https://fundrazr.com/gofundmyleg

[Edited on 5-29-2018 by Veterinario La Paz]
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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 03:52 AM


You might have luck starting a " Go Fund Me " page .

https://www.gofundme.com/medical-fundraising?pc=thrive_googl...




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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 06:19 AM


I think you have come to the right place. The pain must be just awful. What a horrible infection.



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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 06:31 AM


What is his nationality?



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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 08:26 AM


Paco Facullo: Maria Garcia did last year already but no resonance - YouCaring is GoFundMe now.
GoFundMe was USA/CAN only while YouCaring was for the rest of planet. Now they merged https://www.youcaring.com/blog/2018/gofundme-acquires-youcar...

Baja Blanca: German, very stubborn, used to be scuba instructor, good soul, loves his dog and animals, lived/lives very secluded. Seem to be funny folks from over there. That Sra. Ingeborg, in her 80's since 30 some years in La Paz that also helps is similar composure - He's "relative" painfree now, just very limited in movement/walking. A few 100 meter is most possible. The first few month been real bad. 5 out of 6 doctors wanted to amputated above knee at hospital. A relative of mine, Dr. Robledo got Dr. Mar Chavira at Salvatierra involved and he helped saving the leg.
Cutting large sections of tissue at calve and on top of foot out, administered strong (and expensive if you have no insurance 2x 600 peso per day for 2x 400ml Moxifloxacino) antibiotic IV's for the 2 weeks in hospital plus many other medication and treatment, his kidneys been on edge of collapse. The healing is fairly good from a medical point of few, the economic impact of the situation is the concern now
It is not a good comparación, but the situation is like saving a dog from the street and now I have to watch it get run over by a car.....
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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 08:35 AM


The comparison to Harald's leg injury (4x4abc) is pretty amazing (La Paz area German, docs wanted to amputate, loves dogs, etc.).



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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 08:58 AM


Interesting to have such similarities indeed.
But "my" Germans name is not Harald, I do not know that one, only 3 Germans I'm aware of in La Paz, most foreign nationals I know are American and Canadians.
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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 09:16 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Veterinario La Paz  
Interesting to have such similarities indeed.
But "my" Germans name is not Harald, I do not know that one, only 3 Germans I'm aware of in La Paz, most foreign nationals I know are American and Canadians.




Thank you for your helping this person. I knew it wasn't Harald as he wasn't a scuba instructor (I don't think) but a 4WD (doble tración) tour guide and book author. Trying to help Harald raise hospital funds last year: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=87132

Another German in La Paz is also here on Nomad, Karl (fernwah).





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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 09:38 AM


I just look at this posts.
One reply make me laugh "Grumpy old FART that he is..."
Must be in their genes....
No need to thank, it's a human thing I tend to believe. I just have limitations
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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 10:47 AM


yes, I am in the same boat. Life sucks sometimes.

Thanks to donations from my friends around the world I was able to pay the greedy doctors in La Paz and my leg was saved. For now.
Thank you especially to some generous donations from board members of Baja Nomad.

4 surgeries and 10 months later I am still not walking. Meaning no income. A guide who can't walk is not a good guide.
So, I am in the process of reinventing myself. Will have to do something that agrees with my wheelchair.

Now, please go help that other poor fellow. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.



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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 12:14 PM


Greedy La Paz doctors:?: What would that of cost a foreigner in Germany? USA? Count your blessings desagradecido.
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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 12:49 PM


Thank you for the encouragement 4x4abc - I will trying to pass that on this evening, it will be difficult.
He got very bitter and discouraged during the past year.
Being confined and often alone for a week at times in his place is also not helpful.
I like to get him a dog since he lost his one (before falling ill) but with the open wound and movement limitations not the best to do at the moment
Is your healing well?
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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 01:25 PM
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Veterinario can you provide me contact details and I'll see what I can arrange to give a helping hand. Not in L.P. at moment. Gracias
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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 02:11 PM


Greedy La Paz doctors:?: What would that of cost a foreigner in Germany? USA? Count your blessings desagradecido.


No schite! who would ever say that is ignorant. Normal yearly salary for a internal medical doc here is about 50K USD a year. Not that the doc he is seeing is IM but still. Thats less than a plumber makes in other countries. Geeesh, get a clue before opening up your keyboard.

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[*] posted on 5-2-2018 at 06:07 PM


is it true, that I am the only supporter of this poor fellow?



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[*] posted on 5-3-2018 at 07:24 AM
Thank you 4x4abc


Thank you 4x4abc - I hear you did donate.
I will pass your information regarding the page on.
Thanks to all the people here
I am out of here - just wanted to make this situation known
I'm more a real life vs digital life person.....
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[*] posted on 5-3-2018 at 10:42 AM


Obviously, I don't know anything about your German, Maria, but shouldn't he really go to Germany? If we got enough money for a ticket and he got stabilized enough to travel, is this something he would do?

Harald, are German's eligible for free medical care in Germnay?




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[*] posted on 5-3-2018 at 12:19 PM


a German is covered for health issues as long as he/she is part of the system. Meaning working, retired, unemployed (but has been working recently before). Expats like me and the gentleman in question are not covered by the social system, unless he/she continued to pay a private insurance carrier.

Even if the gentleman were covered in Germany it would not make much sense to move to Germany to continue treatment - it seems that he is in good hands.
His hardship stems from the chain of unfortunate events starting with his pulmonary embolism and a very expensive hospital and losing his ability to work. They are out of money and need help.




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[*] posted on 5-3-2018 at 02:51 PM


I am prepared to help, but is there a way to send money without including my e-mail address?



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