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16-Year-Old Ecuadorian Boy in Dire Need of Dialysis Treatments Thanks One of Nation's Leading Providers for Saving His Life
Date:12/13/2007

Bridge of Life-DaVita Medical Missions' program reaches out to patients in

need of care worldwide

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridge of Life-DaVita Medical Missions program is being recognized as life-saving by 16 year-old Juan Carlos and his family living in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Juan was in dire need of dialysis treatments for survival and was just days away from dying. This past December, DaVita -- one of the nation's leading providers of dialysis care -- helped establish a dialysis clinic in Ecuador's Dr. Roberto Gilbert Elizalde Children's Hospital. A high rate of Ecuadorian children suffer from kidney disease -- and the number only continues to climb. If a patient or family doesn't have money to pay for dialysis care in advance, then life-saving dialysis treatments are generally not available in Ecuador.

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This dialysis clinic is one of three DaVita has opened outside the United States in underserved communities to help care for those suffering from kidney disease and kidney failure. DaVita has provided technical support, equipment, supplies, training and thousands of employee (teammate) hours to build dialysis facilities in Cameroon and Ecuador. Partnership opportunities are continuing to grow throughout Central and South America, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Like Carlos, many of the patients coming into the Ecuador clinic have slim chances for survival without necessary treatment and care. In addition to suffering from kidney failure, patients often times have shallow breathing and abnormal swelling as a result of fluid accumulation throughout the body.

"Juan was only a few days from death," said Deanna Bradley, a DaVita nurse who volunteered for the Bridge of Life-DaVita Medical Missions trip to Ecuador. "As the ho
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