Mario, a former field worker from our Arica site in Chile, suffers from dementia, liver damage and diabetes.
Three years ago he had to stop working after a serious fall that caused a lumbar fracture. Chalice critical needs funding helped him buy a brace and orthopedic shoes and provided some therapy, to relieve some of his pain. After his accident, Mario began to lose his memory, his ability to communicate began to deteriorate, and soon he was unable to solve simple problems.
His wife Carmen worked in a coffee shop, earning half the minimum wage, but it closed in March due to COVID-19, and she has been unable to find another job. They are surviving with a social subsidy for households that the state is giving to low-income families who don't have a job, but this subsidy will end this month. Due to their critical financial situation, Carmen is trying to process Mario's retirement with the benefit of disability, which will also give him access to healthcare and discounts on medications.
To access these benefits, Mario needs to undergo tests that must be paid by the family because the public hospital is not administering them due to COVID-19. The sponsor site director is asking Chalice for $491.02 to pay for Mario's tests, a food basket of nutritious food, and a new pair of high impact sneakers to give this family some much-needed relief.
Funding Request: $491.01
Critical Need: CAA0720B
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other critical need emergencies that may arise.
Medical testing for Mario, Chile
- Category: Critical Needs