At age 8, Ángela suffered from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a disease affecting small children primarily as a result of the intake of foods contaminated with bacteria –most commonly, one called Escherichia coli. It largely affects patients’ kidneys and blood, but it may also have neurological, cardiac and pancreatic effects.
Diagnosed with HUS, Ángela was forced to remain at the hospital, as the disease affected one of her kidneys. Her treatment required a surgical procedure that her family could not afford. Faced with this predicament, Ángela and her family turned to ProSalud Foundation for the required medical assistance.
“I first treated Ángela in 2006 as a result of her disease. Currently, after receiving proper medical treatment, her renal function has greatly improved. It helps that she promptly comes in for her assigned checkups,” explains Dr. Andrea Exeni, a nephrologist at Austral University Hospital. Despite the fact that her kidneys are working normally, she must have regular checkups for life, in addition to following a strict diet to control her diabetes, a disease caused by this pathology.
“I love hanging out with my friends and going out. I’m studying to become a police woman, and I have to exercise a lot. I take very good care of myself and drink enough water during the day to adequately preserve my kidneys,” Ángela says happily.
How to contact ProSalud Foundation
- María Belén Adamek or Jessica Giberti
+54 0230 448 2932