By writer to www.caymancompass.com
After six years of dwelling on dialysis, Juan Batista Mata Pena lastly obtained the decision he had been praying for – medical doctors in Miami had discovered a kidney for him.
The information got here as a welcome shock for the George City resident and his household.
“On March sixth, I used to be dwelling getting stuff sorted to come back up [to Miami] for the appointments, for the checkups and the identical day they (the hospital) known as us again within the night and say they obtained a kidney and so they wished me to get off island immediately to do the transplant,” Pena mentioned in a video interview Wednesday.
The 27-year-old mentioned it was a terrific reduction as his kidney, which his sister donated to him when he was eight, had failed, and he had been on dialysis for six years.
Closed borders deliver unhealthy information
Nonetheless, his pleasure after present process the profitable surgical procedure on 7 March rapidly dissipated.
Pena and his sister Mardia Bodden would quickly discover themselves stranded in Miami as Cayman closed its borders and the US suspended all flights because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Proper now, we caught till I have no idea when,” he mentioned.
Pena mentioned he was actually wanting ahead to returning to Cayman after his surgical procedure.
“It was actually unhappy as a result of I actually wished me to get dwelling as quickly as attainable, however after we heard that the borders have been going to shut, I used to be, like, I assume we obtained to be right here for a couple of month, ‘trigger they solely gave us 4 weeks to be right here in Miami till after the transplant,” he mentioned.
At Wednesday’s COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Martyn Roper introduced that repatriation flights had been organised, however the Miami flight was returning with out passengers.
Pena and his sister mentioned they’re hoping authorities will contemplate extra flights later within the month to allow them to return to their households.
“It is rather tense as a result of, proper now, my spouse is dwelling alone. She is staying at work to assist the boss along with her kids and all the things,” he mentioned.
Holding out hope to move dwelling
Pena mentioned he doesn’t have an issue going into isolation or sporting masks if he has to, because it was already a part of his restoration regime.
“We actually need to get dwelling. Once I get dwelling, they need [us] to do the isolation for 14 days. After which, after that, when I’m dwelling, I’ve to be sporting [a] masks for no less than six months, till the physician says I don’t have to put on the masks after the transplant,” he defined.
Pena mentioned he and his sister have been attempting to get help via the emergency journey line with out success.
Roper has indicated that calls have been fixed however he has urged these trying to get via to maintain attempting.
Pena mentioned he’ll proceed to strive as a result of his precedence is getting again to Cayman and being with these he loves, now that he has a brand new lease on life.
“Everybody at dwelling may be very joyful for me to get the transplant as a result of I’ve been on dialysis for too lengthy. Everybody may be very joyful for me and so they need me to be dwelling to allow them to have a good time with me and say that I’m going to dwell my life slightly longer,” he mentioned.
Pena mentioned the pressure of being away from dwelling has been a burden as he’s liable for a part of the bills for his keep whereas some is roofed by insurance coverage.
Nonetheless, regardless of the lockdown challenges, Pena stays grateful for his second probability at life.
“To be sincere, I’m very robust coming again to … my common self [after being] on dialysis). I’m very joyful and energetic,” he mentioned.