>> Yasmira Castano felt she had a new lease on life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. But late last year she was unable to find the drugs needed to keep her body from rejecting the organ, as Venuzuela's health care system slipped deeper into crisis following years of economic turmoil.
Castano lost her kidney.>>
> Even as many aspects of life in Venezuela continue to fall apart, Maduro is expected to win a new six year term in an April 22nd presidential election. The opposition is likely to boycott the vote which it has already denounced as rigged in favor of the government.
As the country's ongoing crisis deprives them of their live-saving medicine. Another 16,000 Venezuelans, many hoping for an elusive transplant, are dependent on dialysis to clean their blood. But here too, resources and materials are sorely lacking. And the governing chaos is leading to a broader medical crisis. Once controlled diseases like diphtheria and measles have returned, due partly to insufficient vaccines and antibiotics.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of desperate Venezuelans have fled the country over the past year, including many medical professionals. Health activists blame what they see as President Nicolas Maduros' inefficient and corrupt government for the medical crisis. That's affecting patients like Maria whose new kidney did not survive a transplant.