Survivors of Cuba Plane Crash still in Critical Condition

Havana, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The director of the General University Hospital General Calixto Garcia, Carlos Alberto Martinez, confirmed today in this capital that the two survivors of the plane crash continue in extreme critical condition with high risk of complications.

At a press conference, Martinez extended condolences to the family of Gretell Landrove, one of the patients who died yesterday, despite the efforts of the medical team to reverse the situation, said the member of the State Council.

According to the specialist of First Degree in General Surgery, 19-year-old Mailen Diaz remains unchanged in mechanical ventilation, while she is maintained with antibiotics and evolves towards hemodynamic and systemic stability without new complications.

‘Today we will proceed to control the damage of the femur fracture and a radiological evaluation of the back of the lumbar spine will be carried out,’ he added.

On the other hand, Emiley Sanchez, 39, remains in need of mechanical ventilation and without changes in neurological status. This Tuesday, the possible removal of the thoracic drainage is evaluated, said the Cuban doctor.

‘The prognosis of this patient is unfavorable in correspondence with the magnitude of the burns,’ Martinez added.

In this regard, he stressed that the multidisciplinary team continues systematic evaluations to adopt the necessary measures in the therapeutic order and diagnosis at the appropriate time.

‘We have all the necessary resources to perform clinical and surgical interventions when they are relevant,’ he said.

He also said that both patients have a level of consciousness, can communicate and obey certain orders, although sedation is necessary for the welfare of patients and for therapeutic management needs.

The Boeing 737-200, of the Mexican company Damojh, leased by Cubana de Aviacion, crashed last Friday near the International Airport Jose Marti in Havana.

There were 113 people on board, including 102 Cubans, six Mexican crew members, two Argentine tourists and one Mexican, and two Sahrawi residents on the Caribbean island, specified the authorities.

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