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Weʼre raising £27,800 to help our colleague Dr Aquiles Salas to fund his cancer surgery

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Dr Aquiles Salas, Professor of Medicine at Universidad Central de Venezuela needs our help now. Two weeks ago he was diagnosed with tumours affecting both kidneys. Since removing both kidneys is not an option, he needs delicate surgery using advanced techniques to remove the cancer growths while leaving the rest of the kidney intact. These techniques are not available in Venezuela, where, given the economic and political crisis, even basic healthcare is now a struggle. The cost of the robotic surgery in a well equipped US hospital will be US$ 37,000 - for the first kidney. This surgery should be life-saving, since there is no evidence that the cancer has spread.

Aquiles has devoted his life and career to the advancement of medicine in Venezuela, and to the health and wellbeing of his fellow citizens. He has led the development of Geriatric Medicine in Venezuela and the Latin American region, and is a passionate advocate for the care and support of people living with dementia. He has worked tirelessly to support the Fundacion Alzheimer de Venezuela and Alzheimer's Disease International. He leads the Caracas team of the 10/66 Dementia Research Group with whom he has published over 40 research papers highlighting the health and social care needs of older people in Latin America, China and India. Aquiles has, and will continue to give so much - he is a kind, and modest man, and an exceptionally dedicated professional and humanitarian. I do hope that his many friends and colleagues, and those whom his work has benefited may now be able to do something to help him "

Professor Martin Prince, King's College London

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    • Wei Yang

      Wei Yang

      Aug 15, 2018

      Aquiles, you are not alone. Hope the treatment goes well!


    • Silvia Camporesi

      Silvia Camporesi

      Aug 13, 2018

      I don't know you personally but I am 'a colleague' at King's - I hope that you can have the surgery and recover!


    • Anonymous


      Aug 13, 2018

      Hope you hit the target very soon, and all best wishes to Dr Salas


    • Roxanne Keynejad

      Roxanne Keynejad

      Aug 13, 2018

      With all best wishes to Dr Salas and so sorry to hear of your ill-health and the continuing difficulties in Venezuela.


    • Susan Frade

      Susan Frade

      Aug 11, 2018

      Aquiles, so sorry to hear this news. Praying that you're able to receive this treatment and it works. Stay strong and all the best my friend. XX


    • Anonymous


      Aug 10, 2018


    • W Gao

      W Gao

      Aug 10, 2018


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