Yesterday a member of the staff at my sons' school ended up at a public hospital. The problem, chronic obstructive pulmonary disability.
He was in horrible condition and needed to be transferred to a hospital with an ICU. Bureaucracy in Brazil is not very friendly in times of emergency as speed is not in it's dictionary.
That's where community came in. The school sent out a mass email to parents of children in the school as well as a message on the school's facebook page. It asked that if anyone could help, please contact the school.
You see, sometimes all that is keeping someone from getting to where they need to be is a signature of the head doctor who is out of the office. Something as simple as that can keep a patient from getting specialized care.
Turns out that there are some people who know someone, or know someone who knows someone because it was taken care of. The message was sent yesterday just before 1pm. With a little help from our own school community, he was transferred at 5pm the same day.
It just goes to show the idiocracy of the public medical system (although still better than no system at all USA), and how much a community can help.
As for his current condition, we have no news as of yet. Visiting hours have just ended and his family should be letting everyone know shortly.