MIAMI, United States.- Omara Ruiz Urquiola, Cuban professor and sister of scientist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, said that she was unable to receive the medical treatment corresponding to her 21-day cycle at the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology (INOR) of La Havana, where she is a cancer patient, due to pressures from State Security on the medical team that attends her.
Ruiz Urquiola denounced the fact: "I just arrived from Oncology and they did not give me the treatment. My Dr. Braulio Mestre informs me that he was told (he did not say who) that he would pass me for his consultation on Fridays, which left me two days unprotected (without medication). He tells me that this is a consequence of the statements I gave abroad about the dysfunctionality of cancer care in Cuba. "
Omara said that due to the reprisal he will remain unprotected for more than 48 hours, without the monoclonal antibodies he must receive every 21 days to stop the advance of the disease, he said in an interview with the journalist Tomás Cardoso for Radio's "Cuba al Día" program. Martí
Braulio Mestre, the attending physician, was advised in the past by biologist Ruiz Urquiola for his PhD thesis, he said. This, he told the patient that they had called attention to keep it on the list of Wednesdays. "He saw me in his office, in the area of health tourism," where they cater to foreigners, Omara explained.
Mestre, according to Omara's statements, expressed her disagreement with the statements made by her about the hospital center, but she avoided clarifying what points she did not agree on specifically, the professor said.
"He is what we call a soldier in a white coat," which leaves a patient unprotected because "he is fulfilling an order."
Omara had denounced the deplorable state of the hospital center, following a fire that affected the building last July. At that time he said: "I'm not going to describe it because it would really be scatological, disgusting."
On the other hand, Ariel Ruiz Urquiola explained the refusal that the suspension of treatment, even for a couple of days, may have. "The repercussion that it has is that the cancer advances, and the anticancer treatments are like the cycles – avoiding the distances – of antibiotics, that can not be taken out of time, nor a day yes and a day not," he stressed.
The biologist said he was repulsed by the attitude of Mestre, who said he knows about these anticancer medicines thanks to his advice, and also said that his sister Omara has tried unsuccessfully to report her case to international health organizations. "She has in her body the traces of all the barbarism that these slaughterers in white coats who are in this hospital have committed."
Last August Omara Ruiz Urquiola was in the city of Miami to undergo a Positron Emission Computed Tomography, as part of a treatment against breast cancer that has spread to the skin.