Life-Saving Heart Surgery
John Harrison was afraid. That was unusual for John who was ordinarily a pretty tough guy. He was the kind of man who commanded respect from his sons and the guys on the crew that worked for him. As “the boss” of his own reasonably successful HVAC company, and the star quarterback back when the local high school went all state, he was every inch the hometown hero. John knew how to celebrate the good times and over the years, pizza and beers with the boys had packed quite a few more inches onto his already substantial frame.
When Audrey, John’s wife of twenty-four years noticed that he seemed to be breathing hard whenever he climb the stairs to the bedroom, she made sure he got in to see the doctor over John’s protests that he was healthy as an ox and that he had never been sick a day in his life. But when the family doctor said he needed to see a cardiologist and the tests came back showing that he needed a quadruple by-pass, John was stricken with fear. Suddenly everything he’d worked for over the years threatened to fall apart starting the moment he confessed to Audrey that the health insurance had lapsed back when he had to make a choice between paying the premium or laying someone off.
It was actually one of his crew members, Hector Garcia, who first suggested that going to Mexico for the surgery might be a solution. Although Hector had lived in the US since he was a kid, he had a lot of family south of the border still and visited them at least a couple times a year. Like a lot of Mexican Americans, that’s where he went the time he needed a hernia repaired and he always saw the doctor and his dentist when he visited Mexico.
But John wasn’t too sure. Unlike Hector, he didn’t speak any Spanish and more worrisome, he didn’t like what he saw in the news about the narcotics problems in Mexico. To him it seemed like a shady place where medical practice might be risky. Visions of violence and unclean medical instruments plagued him. He wouldn’t have even considered the option except for the fact that getting treatment outside of the United States was actually something that he and Audrey could afford if they took a mortgage on the house, whereas paying for surgery in the US would have left them homeless! And Mexico seemed a lot closer to home than someplace like India.
What people like John actually need—to overcome their concerns about medical care in Mexico—is accurate, well-researched information. If John knew the facts he might have been able to face by-pass surgery with confidence and focus on other important things like his recovery and taking care of business. The English Speaker’s Guide to Medical Care in Mexico provides exactly the kind of information that people like John need to weigh the pros and cons of getting surgery in Mexico. It could make all the difference for anyone facing hard choices in tough situations.
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