Leonardo Rodriguez 59, was a Metrobús worker who on March 24, around noon, slipped from the platform of the Canal de San Juan Metro station, after which he suffered a broken leg It would take him to wait for almost three weeks for medical attention in three hospitals, despite the fact that his injury only required attention for a few hours.
By spending a lot of time in hospitals, ended up getting COVID-19, complicating his health until his death, an investigation by Journalists Against Corruption.
Leonardo was driving on Line 2 of the Metrobús, on the route that crosses Mexico City from Oriente to Poniente. Unfortunately, he suffered an accident in the Metro, which had he been treated in time, he would have returned home that same day to complete his recovery with his family.
The Hospital Odyssey
The day he suffered the fracture, Leonardo was transferred to IMSS 32, Mario Madrazo Navarro, in Villa Coapa, south of the city, where his partner, Guadalupe Muñiz expected to be seen in a few hours.
However, the hours were transformed into a 19-day wait and the transfer to two more IMSS hospitals.
At some point, while waiting to be treated for his fractured tibia and fibula, Leonardo became infected. Now it's one of the two Metrobús drivers who have died of coronavirus.
In the first hospital to which he was taken, the doctors informed his partner that they could not attend him since that hospital did not correspond to him, in addition, that it required complex surgery that could only be performed in the Victorio de la Fuente Narváez Traumatology hospital, to the extreme north from the city.
The transfer from hospital to hospital could be done that same day, Nevertheless, there were never ambulances available to do so, Guadalupe said.
“The happy ambulance did not arrive. Every day they asked for an ambulance and it did not arrive. They said that it was canceled from time to time, after it had not entered the system, "he said.
Seven days after requesting ambulances daily, Leonardo was transferred, coinciding with the same week in which the authorities declared the Phase 2 of the health contingency.
Once admitted to the Victorio de la Fuente Traumatology Hospital, he was assigned room 424, which he shared with three patients with fractures.
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According to hospital internists, at that time they had already protested that they did not have protection protocols against the virus, and even that there had been medical personnel who worked without protective equipment.
"They were in denial. They said that nothing was going to happen here, that we were not exaggerating, that there would be no COVID here, ”said an internist who valued Leonardo.
When Leonardo was evaluated, they indicated that he was ready to be operated, in addition They asked him if he had a cough, fever and other symptoms of COVID-19, to which he replied no.
However, On Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m., he was taken to another floor to be isolated on suspicion that he might have a coronavirus., because its oxygenation was reduced to 70%.
When Guadalupe came to visit him in room 424, he was no longer there and no one notified him of what had happened.
The hospital epidemiologist, Yazmín Zacate, despite being diagnosed with nosocomial pneumonia (who got it in the hospital), decided it was not a COVID-19 case, so she returned him to the common apartment, to room 404 with two other patients.
The following Sunday was the last day Guadalupe was with Leonardo. That day he pointed out that she was short of breath, and despite the fact that she warned, the Medical personnel no longer wanted to approach because they did not have protective equipment.
By 6:00 p.m. that April 4 Leonardo could no longer breatheBecause he only had 40% oxygen in his blood, so they took him back to another floor to isolate him.
For the dawn of Monday, April 6 the x-ray results were ready, confirming that he had COVID-19.
"When the doctors saw her, the pressure dropped because they were in contact with him," said a doctor.
After testing positive again he was transferred, this time to General Hospital 27 of Tlatelolco, which had been enabled for patients with coronavirus.
According to Guadalupe, it was almost until midnight on that Monday that Leonardo received artificial ventilation. Seven days after being admitted, he passed away, almost three weeks after his leg fractured., an injury that could be operated on in one day and treated at home for his full recovery.
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