The flight trap continues to generate controversy. This time it was after a well-known ophthalmologist denounced that five corneas were “stranded” in the United States due to the restrictions imposed by the Government to stop the arrival of the Delta variant of coronavirus.
The director of Incucai, Carlos Soratti, denied that the ocular tissues were lost and assured that “they are well preserved.” However, he had a tense back and forth with journalist Luis Novaresio after he claimed that these transplants “they are not urgent”.
The interview, by radio Network, lasted for about nine minutes and increased in tone as the specialist tried to justify the delays in the transfer of the corneas.
“The entry of a cornea from the outside can be postponed”, sentenced Soratti, who later explained that a country like the United States can offer corneas because it has “beyond the local waiting list.”
Dr Carlos Alberto Soratti, president of Incucai.
It was then that Novaresio crossed it and began a round trip full of ironies, chicanes and unanswered questions until the end …
The spiciest cross
-Luis Novaresio: I tell you this because I am ignorant. They send us corneas because fortunately in other countries they have a surplus and we do not. Is a flight scheduled, Argentina cancels it and does not foresee that this could happen? It seems to me a scandal …
-Carlos Soratti: I don’t know if Argentina canceled the flight, I think it was the company.
-LN: Mr. Soratti, the company canceled the flight because the ANAC did not authorize it, because 600 people left per day.
-CS: Okay, they are measures taken to protect the epidemiological crisis that we are experiencing.
-LN: Are you serious? What six corneas that can arrive in a flight is so that it does not spread the Delta variant?
-CS: I was not referring to corneas, I was referring to flights. The measure that the Government has taken has to do with protective measures due to the epidemiological situation.
-LN: Is the problem that passengers enter or that they enter and are not controlled? Because if what you have to do is make sure that whoever arrives is isolated, let’s do this, let’s not disconnect Argentina from flights on the planet.
-CS: That is another discussion.
-LN: You introduced it.
-CS: The cancellation of flights is not an issue that involves the Incucai. Given the specific fact that the cancellation of a flight prevented the transfer of corneas … that usually happens even in normal situations, for which a surgery is rescheduled, taking into account that it is not an emergency.
-LN: No, of course, there are five people who expected to see. It doesn’t seem so urgent.
-CS: They will surely achieve it.
-LN: But tell him that they have to keep waiting, that untimely decisions like this have to be taken, that today we say white and tomorrow we say black. I respectfully say to you, Mr. Soratti, if you are responsible for people receiving the organs and you say that we have to reprogram, that we remain calm, I’m scared of it.
-CS: There is a waiting list of many people …
-LN: Well, work so that there is less waiting. Do not block the possibility of this happening.
-CS: We are working so that it does not get lost, even in complex situations like the ones we are experiencing. (…) Since the beginning of the pandemic, back in March of last year, we made the rearrangements so that it was possible to sustain the transplantation of organs, tissues …
-L. N.: If you want, another day we make history. But specifically, these five corneas that could not arrive because the Argentine government suspended flights, are they going to reach these five Argentine patients who were waiting for the corneas?
-CS: Of course they should be rescheduled for when possible.
-LN: Don’t tell me “they must be”.
-CS: But it doesn’t depend on me, I don’t reprogram it.
-LN: Talk to the people of the ANAC In order to have it reprogrammed, you are the one who must provide the corneas.
-CS: I heard that Dr. Zaldívar himself said that Aerolineas Argentinas had contacted to offer the possibility of solving this situation.
-L. N.: And what did you do to solve it, Dr. Soratti, as the head of the Incucai?
-CS: Hello … Hello …
-LN: Yes, do you hear me? Well, nothing, it was cut, I don’t care about anything.
On the second day of validity of the flight restriction decided by the Government, an ophthalmological specialist denounced that five corneas donated for Argentine patients were stranded in the United States.
“Five lost donor corneas from the USA due to canceled flight. No vision and isolated. #VarianteDelta,” denounced ophthalmologist Roger Zaldívar, scientific director of the Zaldívar Institute, a clinic specializing in eye surgery.
The expert thus referred to the inconveniences generated by the quota of 600 Argentines who can enter the country, a measure that seeks to limit the cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
“Taking the subject of vacationing in Miami, behind this tweet what I wanted to make visible is the problem we have,” Zaldívar told Clarion.
Despite the efforts of Incucai and the benefits of the Justina Law, in Argentina “44%” of corneal transplants depend on organs arrived from abroad. It is estimated that there are 4,000 interventions of this type on hold.