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Venezuelan health care system a spectacular failure
As the health care system collapses, the tiniest slips, like a little girl’s tumble while chasing her brother, are turning into life-or-death crises. 
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In this Aug. 11, 2016 photo, 3-year-old Ashely Pacheco rests with her father Maykol Pacheco in her hospital bed at the University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Two weeks after 3-year-old Ashley scraped her knee, she was screaming in a hospital, fighting for her life as her family scoured Caracas for scarce antibiotics. Venezuela is running short on 85 percent of basic medicines. As the health care system collapses, the tiniest slips, like a little girlâs tumble while chasing her brother, are turning into life-or-death crises. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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In this Sept. 19, 2016 photo, Maykol Pacheco, places a helmet on his daughter Ashley as they prepare to ride away from the University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Two weeks after 3-year-old Ashley scraped her knee, she was screaming in a hospital, fighting for her life as her family scoured Caracas for scarce antibiotics. Venezuela is running short on 85 percent of basic medicines. As the health care system collapses, the tiniest slips, like a little girlââ¬â¢s tumble while chasing her brother, are turning into life-or-death crises. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this Aug. 24, 2016 photo, Oriana Pacheco gently places a bandage on the knee of her 3-year-old daughter Ashley, during their two month stay at University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Ashley's scraped knee led to a staph infection. Oriana spent each night curled around Ashley in a room with eight other patients. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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In this Aug. 16, 2016 photo, 3-year-old Ashley Pacheco sucks on her thumb as she rests in a hospital bed during her two-month stay at University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. As the health care system collapses, the tiniest slips, like Ashleyââ¬â¢s tumble while chasing her brother in mid-July, turned into a life-or-death crisis when her scraped knee led to a staph infection. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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In this Sept. 19, 2016 photo, Marvin Osuna sits near a sunlit window in a passageway at University Hospital, in Caracas, Venezuela. If Venezuela has become dangerous for the healthy, it is now deadly for those who fall ill. One in three people admitted to public hospitals last year died, the government reports. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this Aug. 17, 2016 photo, Maykol Pacheco sits with his 3-year-old daughter Ashley, on balcony at the University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Two weeks after 3-year-old Ashley scraped her knee, she was screaming in a hospital, fighting for her life as her family scoured Caracas for scarce antibiotics. Venezuela is running short on 85 percent of basic medicines. As the health care system collapses, the tiniest slips, like a little girlââ¬â¢s tumble while chasing her brother, are turning into life-or-death crises. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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In this Aug. 17, 2016 photo, 3-year old Ashley Pacheco waits with her father Maykol to have her stitches removed from her left leg, at University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Two weeks after Ashley scraped her knee, she was screaming in a hospital, fighting for her life as her family scoured Caracas for scarce antibiotics. When she arrived at the hospital Ashley's left leg had swollen from the tip of her toe to the top of her thigh. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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In this Aug. 24, 2016 photo, Ashley Pacheco, 3, cries as she receives an injection as her mother Oriana watches at the University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Two weeks after 3-year-old Ashley scraped her knee, she was screaming in a hospital, fighting for her life as her family scoured Caracas for scarce antibiotics. Venezuela is running short on 85 percent of basic medicines. As the health care system collapses, the tiniest slips, like a little girlââ¬â¢s tumble while chasing her brother, are turning into life-or-death crises. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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In this Aug. 16, 2016 photo, 3-year-old Ashley Pacheco sucks on her thumb as she rests in a hospital bed during her two-month stay at University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. As the health care system collapses, the tiniest slips, like Ashleyââ¬â¢s tumble while chasing her brother in mid-July, turned into a life-or-death crisis when her scraped knee led to a staph infection. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, Oriana Pacheo watches intently as a nurse injects antibiotics into the arm of her 3-year-old daughter Ashley, at University Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. With the hospital's supply of the intravenous antibiotic exhausted, Ashleyââ¬â¢s father scoured the city for vancomycin, combing pharmacies and hospital to no avail. But as he left one hospital, a man in a white coat pulled him aside and produced three vials from his pocket. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Venezuelan health care system a spectacular failure

As the health care system collapses, the tiniest slips, like a little girl’s tumble while chasing her brother, are turning into life-or-death crises. 

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