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“Abandoned”. Portuguese with terminal cancer not allowed to leave Colombia



"Abandoned".  Portuguese with terminal cancer not allowed to leave Colombia

A The family of a Portuguese with an incurable cancer left in Colombia is in despair. They have been trying for several months to return Pedro Coelho home, but so far the Colombian authorities have not provided the necessary documents for this, and assistance from the Portuguese state is coming slowly.

In July, Pedro Coelho was diagnosed with implicit type IV malignant melanoma. However, since he is serving a prison sentence for corruption, he was told that he would not be allowed to leave the country until September. This led the doctors to decide that the Portuguese should only be operated on after he returned to Portugal, as, according to family members on the Facebook page supporting Pedro, “The postoperative period can be quite difficult and it would not be possible “. him to travel. “

The final day of the verdict came on September 28, and contrary to promises, former COO Jerónimo Martins was not allowed to return to Portugal.

So far, almost three months after serving his sentence, Pedro still does not have access to the documents necessary to return home.

The family reports that the Portuguese is “not allowed to leave Colombia,” and due to all this delay, the operation was not carried out on time. “It’s not viable anymore. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are no longer options. At this point, the cancer has spread and metastasized to the lungs, liver and bones, which is by no means a good sign, as it progresses extremely rapidly and aggressively in just 4-5 months. ”- one of the family members. publications on social networks, where it is added that the only recommended treatment is immunotherapy, which costs about 5 thousand euros for a cycle lasting three weeks.

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However, at these moments, Pedro suffers from unexplained pain, which can be seen in the video shared by family members on social networks. Hospital bills are in the thousands. Children and family try to provide the Portuguese with the best possible medical care, but since they do not have access to Colombian public health care, they pay a fortune for each hospitalization.

Viewed video that you can watch here, was sent to the court of Bogota to demonstrate the urgency of transferring Pedro, who had only three months to live, to Portugal. According to CNN Portugal, it was conveyed to the family that they were not sick enough.

The Foreign Office, on the other hand, guarantees to investigate the case, but does not provide the family with further details, which only intensifies the rebellion. In social networks, the family even shared the publication: “Abandoned to Die.”

Faced with the inaction of the Portuguese and Colombian governments, the family has created more than just facebook page to help Pedro get home like raise funds to help with treatment also. At the moment, they have managed to collect about 10 thousand euros out of the required 50 thousand.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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