Cinthia Matos dies, the medical student who needed a stent for her heart

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Cinthia Matos Benítez, the fifth-year medical student from Guantanamo who waited six months for a stent for the heartdied this Saturday due to complications associated with his health condition, they confirmed to CyberCuba sources close to the family.

The young woman was very serious since the beginning of October due to an infection in the aortic artery and another very close to the stent which was inserted in mid-June. The infection, caused by streptococcus, a highly invasive bacterium, caused him severe pain and was life-threatening.

Some friends and career companions of Cinthia lamented the event on the networks and said they felt devastated by the departure of an extraordinary person.

“I always had the hope that you were going to get ahead, it hurts me so much that the day I went to see you I didn’t make it, it hurts me that so much joy was extinguished like that. I am left with your contagious smile, with the great love that we share for animals, with our group talks, with your sincerity, your impulsiveness, I am left with so many things that made you so unique. Your heart, even sick, was one of the largest and most beautiful that existed. Dalia Iribar wrote on FacebookCinthia’s classmate at the Faculty of Medicine.

For her part, animal rights activist Reinita Charadán said that, despite the pain she feels upon hearing the news, will always remember Cintia as the warrior she was.

“You had a whole life ahead of you and an enormous desire to continue living and fighting. You were a warrior Cinthia, and that is how I will always remember you, as a happy girl, a contagious smile, so loving and completely devoted to animals, that was one of the things we shared, the love for the furry ones. You had a heart that did not fit in your chest, “she recalled.

Cinthia suffered from mild Mitral Insufficiency due to a mitral prolapse mechanism, severe Aortic Insufficiency due to bivalve aorta, Type B Aortic Dissection, Saccular Aneurysm of the aortic root and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, conditions that caused shortness of breath, persistent cough, edema of the lower limbs, among other symptoms.

At that time, the country did not have the stent nor of the funds to buy it and the medical student decided to make a public request on social networks to try to obtain it by other means.

The cardiovascular pathologies suffered by the 25-year-old student were congenital and forced her to have a lifestyle different from that of “healthy” people. The young woman then told this news site that since her health worsened in December 2021, her mother had to stop working to care for her full time.

The complaint was in April and, in June, Cinthia finally received the device I needed through a complex but successful surgical operation. Some time later, she returned to social networks to make visible the lack of medicine that affected her treatment and her recovery.

“Here is the MEDICAL POWER that is my Cuba with SOCIALISM on high,” he said sarcastically then from his Facebook account and denounced that Clopidogrel 75mg, a platelet antiaggregant, was missing due to the corruption and indolence of the Cuban authorities which, according to her, contrasted with the professionalism and dedication of the doctors who treated her.

As he assured in October to CyberCuba a worker at the Cardiocentro, the complications in Cinthia’s health that finally led to her death were not related to the surgical intervention in June.


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