Taipei, June 1 (CNA) A Peruvian woman is expected to arrive in Taiwan this weekend to receive medical treatment for a condition that causes severe swelling of the legs.
With the help of donors and sponsors in both countries, 32-year-old Mercedes C. Ordinola and her mother will remain in Taiwan for the required four months for treatment at Taiwan's China Medical University Hospital.
Ordinola suffers from chronic lower extremity lymphoedema, a condition that has caused her legs to swell over the past 20 years, according to a statement released Friday by Taiwan's representative office in Peru.
She became bed-ridden two years ago when she lost her ability to walk, and the prognosis by Peruvian doctors is that she has only one more year to live unless she receives immediate treatment, the office said.
Taiwan's China Medical University Hospital was approached for help after Ordinola learned that another Peruvian woman, Maria Rosario Razzeto, had been treated at the hospital for the same condition.
Recent fundraising efforts in both Peru and Taiwan yielded less than the US$40,000 required for Ordinola to obtain treatment in Taiwan, but the hospital has agreed to absorb US$19,000 in medical costs and provide free food and accommodation for Ordinola and her mother during their four-month stay.
Meanwhile, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also offered to provide the round-trip tickets for Ordinola, as well as her mother and a Peruvian doctor who will accompany the patient to Taiwan.
In a news conference Wednesday in Peru, Razzeto expressed gratitude to the Taiwanese people for their kindness and praised Taiwan's medical service as excellent.
She said she believes Ordinola will soon be able to live a normal life, as Razzeto herself is now doing.
(By Y.F. Low)