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Wednesday, September 03 2014 @ 02:59 AM EDT

Carmen Julia Sousa Going To The United States For Medical Treatment

Healthcare After several months of suffering ill health and exhausting all of the medical options in Panama, the well known television personality Carmen Julia Sousa has decided to travel abroad to seek help. "Carmencita" as she is known for her participation in the TVN program "Ultima Hora" will depart today for the United States in search of a cure. She will be transported on the Presidential airplane, as announced by president Ricardo Martinelli via his Twitter account last night. Carmencita underwent an operation several months ago for a problem with her spinal cord and complications arose, and now she suffers from severe pain. She will now undergo further surgery in a hospital in Pennsylvania. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: I've known Carmen since she was a kid in high school, where she attended with my niece. Her case demonstrates the fact that Panama needs some sort of medical evacuation capability. I think it's great that president Ricardo Martinelli offered the use of his presidential airplane to fly her up to PA for medical treatment, but I see cases and situations all the time where people (patients) need to travel back to the US or Canada for medical treatment. Medical evacuation flights are very expensive - mostly because they have to be chartered for a specific purpose. There is no "domestic" capability in Panama. I don't have all the answers, but hopefully this is something the government might take on.

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