Timo entered the Clinic walking, trying to look erect. The medical care of the professionals in charge was immediate and the diagnosis quick: Transient Cerebral Ischemia
While embarking upon a previous plan of touring various Temporary Zones, at seven in the morning, last Saturday, we boarded a helicopter in the Temporary Zone Mariana Paez, in Mesetas. The pilots, always so attentive, explained that we had to travel to Villavicencio, where they would recharge fuel to fly direct to our new destination.
The flight time would be two hours ten minutes. Once at Vanguardia airport we were notified that the mountain was covered with clouds, so we had to wait a couple of hours to leave. Later we made two unsuccessful attempts , so we had to resign ourselves to wait until the next day to try again.
I did not like the weather at dawn on Sunday. There was a light drizzle and mist covered the ridge. I thought we were not going to leave that morning either. When I greeted Timo I noticed something strange. His face seemed rigid and he had difficulty speaking because of a heaviness in his tongue. An hour later we brought him to the Clinic of the Cooperative University.
Timo entered the Clinic walking, trying to look erect. The medical care of the professionals in charge was immediate and the diagnosis quick: Transient Cerebral Ischemia. Some thrombus should have dislodged from an artery and affected the circulation of blood in the brain. His vital signs were normal. He had difficulty lifting his left arm.
We had the full collaboration of the members of UNIPEP, Police Unit for the Building of Peace. The bodyguards are very efficient in everything related to the movements and security of the people they are in charge of. They communicated with their superiors to move things. Shortly after, we received the expressions of solidarity from the high government.
The carrying out of all types of tests, beginning with the blood tests, the CAT, the electrocardiogram and others happened quickly. The surprise of the clinic staff was evident when they recognized who their patient was, but at the same time it was clear their willingness to give their best to contribute to his care and recovery. These are gestures to never forget.
Some magazine reported that Timo had remained in the hands of the Democratic Center, because the neurologist of the Clinic, Dr.
Gutiérrez, was a member of that group. I do not know if this is true, but surely I can confirm his excellent professionalism and humanity.
Like that shown by the rest of the team that received and cared for the patient.
In a decent and tolerant country there should not be such comments.
But we are in Colombia, where there are many press sectors working to poison the environment. TIME falsely claimed the death of Timo. Others invented that visits to other patients of the Intensive Care Unit had been banned and that relatives were protesting.
It was even said that
the rest of patients admitted to the clinic had been abandoned, to devote all the hospital care to Timochenko.
Those of us who were in the clinic witnessed the normal running of the hospital activities.
At visiting time the only measure adopted was to close the door of Timo’s room.
In the rooms beside and in the rest of the clinic the relatives of the patients visited them without problems. Outside the clinic reporters from this and that media were flocking but the management of the clinic, I believe within their full right, did not authorize their access.
Instead, a press conference was held at four o’clock in the afternoon.
And there they could learn all that interested them. I understand that through their networks, sectors of the extreme right promoted prayer chains asking God for the death of the patient. And that some of the far rights spokesmen did not miss the opportunity to display their usual nonsense.
Any health professional knows that transient cerebral ischemia is often a natural warning to the body, in the sense that a number of precautionary measures should be taken in order to avoid being a victim of a stroke. Its sequelae, if not serious as in the case of Timo, require rest and some therapies.
Therapies that could have been done in Colombia, where the scientific medical capacity has a high level. But where there is the risk of disturbing the tranquility of the patient.
The uproar of the hostile press and the far right of the enemy of peace, as seen, is capable of provoking a riot, a serious provocation or perhaps a series of defamations.
That’s why Timo’s temporary trip to Havana. There is nothing more to it than that.
Soon you will see him again back in Colombia, building peace together with all of you.