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>> Thousands of Venezuelans have been out on the streets protesting daily, against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. But as they put themselves in harms way, some are getting injured, from close range rubber bullets, flying rocks, and tear gas. And they're now struggling to find treatment in a country, where even basics like antibiotics and pain killers are running short.
Reuters correspondent Alexandra Ulmer is in Caracas.>> People who end up injured in these clashes struggle to find medicine to treat themselves. They or their family members put pleas on social media, or raise funds with family and friends, or simply scour pharmacy after pharmacy looking for what they need.
This is adding extra stress on Venezuela's already squeezed hospitals, and scaring protestors who are fighting against what they say is a dictatorship.>> In the latest wave of protests, over a thousand people have been arrested, and some two dozen have been killed, mainly from gunshots.>> I spoke to the father of one 15 year old boy whose waiting to have surgery to hopefully recover vision in his right eye.
But his family hasn't been able to find the medicine and equipment needed for the operation to go underway. They're currently trying to raise funds with family and friends and hoping the 15 year old boy will eventually be able to have his operation.>> To combat shortages, Venezuelans abroad are donating medicines in cities from Miami to Madrid.
And within Venezuela, medical students and doctors are volunteering to help the wounded. Their equipment has nearly all been donated or bought by themselves.>> The shortages are also a cruel irony for some injured demonstrators, who were actually out protesting the chronic shortages, that have cancer patients going untreated and millions of Venezuelans skipping meals.