Los Angeles Occasions

Los Angeles Occasions

As COVID-19 fills ICUs, chronically ailing sufferers undergo ‘ripple impact’ of delayed surgical procedures

Within the early years of his sickness, as his kidneys started to shrink and toxins coursed by his blood, the identical 4 phrases typically floated by Miguel Rangel’s thoughts: “I will die.” Though some individuals dwell for much longer, the common life expectancy of dialysis sufferers is 5 to 10 years, and Rangel, who has last-stage power kidney illness, lives with fixed ache and for the final decade has gotten dialysis nightly through a catheter into his stomach. Nonetheless, the 43-year-old electrician, who lives in San Fernando, has educated his thoughts to linger on hope. “This life is gorgeous,” he oft…

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