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A Kidney for Eliécer (Spanish)

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Members of a surgical team prepare a donated kidney to be transplanted into a patient on June 27, 2018, at an operating room in the private hospital Clínica Metropolitana, in Caracas, one of the few health centers that still performs this complex medical procedure. Image by Flaviana Sandoval. Venezuela, 2018.
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Venezuela is currently undergoing one of the worst economic crises in its history, resulting in...

Eliécer Aguiar's medicine and toys on a table, at his hospitalization room in the Hospital J.M de los Ríos, in Caracas. Twelve-year-old Eliécer suffers from chronic kidney diesease and needs a kidney transplant, but with Venezuela's transplant system almost completely paralyzed and the organ waiting list still on hold, his future seems uncertain. Image by Flaviana Sandoval. Venezuela, 2018. 
Eliécer Aguiar's medicine and toys on a table, at his hospitalization room in the Hospital J.M de los Ríos, in Caracas. Twelve-year-old Eliécer suffers from chronic kidney diesease and needs a kidney transplant, but with Venezuela's transplant system almost completely paralyzed and the organ waiting list still on hold, his future seems uncertain. Image by Flaviana Sandoval. Venezuela, 2018.

Eliécer Aguiar came to the world on September 9, 2006, with a bladder that was too small and a pair of kidneys that lasted only 11 days.

As soon as he was born, his mother, Emily Aguiar, rushed him to a hospital when she saw dozens of suppurating blisters full of pus all over his small body.

The first blood tests resulted in several different values. Eliécer had very high urea and creatinine levels, low sodium levels and high potassium. At the end of the day, the doctors were ready to diagnose him with severe renal failure. At 11 days old, Eliécer's kidneys had stopped working.

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