Please help Martinez get the medical help he desperately needs to recover from a traumatic injury
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Please help Martinez get the medical help he desperately needs to recover from a traumatic injury

OUR DEAR FRIEND MARTINEZ IS A MAN WHO WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE, HE IS A PROTECTOR OF THE ONES HE LOVES. HIS SMILE IS NOT EASILY FORGOTTEN, MARTINEZ LIVES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND IS 32 YEARS OLD, HE IS A HARD WORKER, AND A VERY INTELLIGENT PERSON. HE HAS WORKED HARD IN A COUNTRY THAT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKES ENDS MEET. MARTINEZ HAS HIS OWN BUSINESS AND IS A FRIEND TO EVERYONE.

Toni is Martinez's wife  and she writes~~~~~

This story began one totally normal working day here in Las Terrenas,Samana.  Martinez and Toni said their goodbyes in the morning as Toni was working with some new clients showing properties and Martinez too was finishing work on a motorbike he was rebuilding and taking care of the normal daily tasks.  At around 12.45pm they spoke on the telephone when Toni called Martinez to say she was taking the clients to restaurant Luis for lunch in Coson. Martinez said he didn't think he would join her but would go home as there was a meal already waiting for him there.  A very ordinary conversation and a normal working day for them both.  Within in minutes of that phone call Martinez was passing close by to the Coastal Petrol Station in Las Terrenas , making his way home for lunch.  He heard cries for help and people calling his name so he went to help.  There was a robbery taking place  and it turned out that these robbers had guns.  Within seconds of being involved there were shots being fired and  Toni's and Martinez's  ordinary day was no longer ordinary.

Just after  1.15pm Toni spotted a miss call  from Martinez on her telephone and tried calling back , it rang and rang.  Her signal was weak but she was bothered and kept trying, no reply. That was unusual.  after several  attempts she went back to chatting with her clients but had an uneasy feeling as Martinez was not answering.

20 minutes later her phone rang wih an unknown number she answered it to hear,"Toni you must come right away your husband has been shot"  Toni said no no Martinez is at home having his lunch but the Doctor who she knew insisted  and said again "YOU MUST COME RIGHT AWAY PLEASE"

The next minutes were like anyone's worst nightmare during the drive directly to the clinic. When she arrived, there were huge crowds and Martinez was awake and could speak but had a bullet hole in his stomach, not very big, but the damage had been done. His stomach was filling with blood as he lay there and they left almost immediately for the nearest gastro specialist clinic in Nagua.   Las Terrenas had called ahead and the Clinic in Nagua was preparing for him to go straight into surgery. This was no longer a normal working day.

The ambulance sped at breakneck speed to Nagua with Toni at his side, he was still conscious but deteriorating fast.  On arrival x-rays revealed his stomach full of blood meant he was rushed straight into the operating theatre and there the story was just beginning. 

It was around 4 pm when they started surgery, he was in for a full 7 hours. One little bullet a terrible amount of damage, his liver had been shaved and burnt, his colon and intestines were badly damaged with holes in each. His Spleen was shattered and instantly removed, his stomach was badly compromised.  There was a constant demand for blood from the theatre in the end 5 pints were used during that first operation and then later 2 more pints were transfused, he had lost all his natural blood.

Later when they were bringing him around, he stopped breathing but somehow they brought him back. 

And so their living nightmare began. 

IN TIME MARTINEZ WAS MOVED TO A GASTRO SPECIALIST CLINIC IN SANTO DOMINGO AND TO DATE MARTINEZ HAS HAD APPROX. 12 DIFFERENT SURGERIES TO TRY TO FIX HIS INTESTINES. A WORLD SPECIALIST TEAM CAME AND FITTED HIM WITH A PUMP TO TAKE THE INFECTION OUT OF HIS BODY. THE MEDICAL BILLS ARE IN EXCESS OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. HE DOES NOT HAVE INSURANCE AND NEEDS OUR HELP TO TRY TO TAKE SOME OF THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OFF TONI AND HIMSELF. MEDICAL CARE IS VERY EXPENSIVE AND WITH OUT SOME SORT OF INSURANCE WHICH MANY DOMINICAN PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE, IT CAN BE DEVASATING IF THERE IS AN ACCIDENT.

PLEASE, ANY DONATION WILL HELP. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT

 

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