September 19, 2021

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“Tears fell,” the doctor says

(CNN Espanol) – Dr. Alvaro Ramallo Zamora, a urologist who lives in Darija, near the Bolivian border in Argentina, says he “shed tears” when one of his patients came to his office with two chickens. .

“I was emotional. I really cried when I saw these nobles. It’s been years since I saw something like that … it took me back to the past and reminded me of my father,” Ramlo Zamora told CNN’s Espanol.

His father, who was a kidney doctor in the 1960s, died 11 years ago.

“Very excited and happy, this grandfather had no money for prostate surgery last night, to which I replied that I was going to have surgery on the Dr. Jose Ramallo Gillan Foundation. I was surprised when he took out 2 chickens as a gift for me. Dear Dad, I know you are glad to know that I have followed in your footsteps in the well-being of these beautiful and humble Sabbak people. “, Wrote on Facebook.

The doctor took the photo to erase this moment. In it he appeared with an animal in his hands and patient Pedro Quintana, in a hat and another animal hand.

Quintana came to Dr. Ramallo’s office last Friday.

“I felt bad,” the man told CNN, adding that he could not urinate well.

“I live alone in Santa Lucia,” Quintana, 80, said, pointing to her back and trying to find pain.

Quintana, who says she has no children, lives in the region of southern Bolivia, about three hours from Tajira, where she underwent surgery. “He was sad,” Dr. Ramallo said when the doctor told him he needed surgery. So he left and came back with two chickens.

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Quintana says she did it because she loves the doctor and wants to thank him.

Ramallo says he happily accepted the chickens because he understood the gratitude of the rural people, and he recalled that in the past it was like that.

Two chickens for a fee

According to Ramallo, when his patient arrived, they interrogated him and told him he needed surgery.

“He’s logically a little sad because of the surgery, and it’s costly,” Ramallo told CNN. “I told him we were going to do it for free through the Foundation. Then he changed his face and left my office just in time with two chickens: the rooster and the chicken.”

The animals already have names – Clotilde and Raman – they are going to stay with the doctor, he said.

“My wife was flexible and she took the photo and they have now come from the basement,” he said. “We will not cook them. We will not do anything. We are very happy.”

Quintana has recovered, the doctor told CNN, who will be discharged this weekend and return home, as he smiled gratefully at the news.