Dutch Woman Dies of Heart Attack in Bocas del Toro
Wednesday, February 17 2010 @ 05:24 am EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Emergency medical services, and in particular ambulances and medical evacuation services, are extremely lacking throughout the entire Republic of Panama. Even if you had a heart attack in the middle of downtown Panama City, your chances of quickly receiving efficient and effective emergency care - sufficient enough to keep you alive until you can get to an Emergency Room or an operating table - are slim. If you like to get off of the beaten path, remember your trip to a hospital in case of an emergency or accident will most likely mirror what you had to do to get there in the first place. If that means three hours in a 4x4 followed by two hours on a horse, then try that in reverse with a broken ankle. There is no helicopter medical evacuation capability in this country. Just remember, everything is perfectly fine until it all goes to shit. Our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family members of this Dutch woman who died in Bocas del Toro.