Pictures of some of rooms in the shelter house
A liver transplant is a major surgery that can give a sick person a second chance in life. Although a lot of the hospital services had to slow down their services because of the coronavirus pandemic, liver transplantations have continued during these difficult times. Now more than ever, family support has been proved necessary for the full recovery of the patients.
Throughout the last three months, five families have stayed in AETHA's shelter homes. These families did not live there at the same time, because it depends on whether they came for medical check-ups, liver transplants, post-transplant recovery, etc.
In May 2020, we met a family that came from a town in the Teruel region, near Calamocha. They told us that without our help they would have been lost. They did not know what to do until a person from our volunteer team on a hospital visit approached them. Before meeting us, they spent a week and a half sleeping in the waiting rooms or in their car without having the opportunity to even take a shower. They told us that they did not know that this kind of resource existed in Zaragoza, and if they knew about it, they would have not hesitated to come to us earlier. The family members were feeling lost and very afraid of the outcome of their brother.
The first thing that our volunteer team did was to provide them with all the information needed so that everyone would be more reassured and relaxed. Then we accompanied them to one of AETHA's shelter homes close to the hospital where the brother was being taken care of. As we know, an organ transplant requires a long recovery. This family spent a month and a half taking care of their brother, and every day, either the AETHA’s Social Worker or a member of our volunteer team checked on the family members to see if they needed anything. They told us: "You came at the right time, like angels fallen from heaven." "Without your help, we would have ended up sleeping in waiting rooms for so much longer." "You are of big help for people with few resources like us."
Another couple spent a week in our shelter homes. The transplanted person started having discomfort a year after being transplanted and came to do some tests to see where the pain was coming from. This couple came from a town in Huesca and, being older and not having their own vehicle, they had to come by bus and spend the night in our shelter homes. They already knew about us, and every time they have to do some medical check-ups, they get in touch so that we can make a room available for them.
There are testimonies of people who have lived in the shelter homes, but as a rule and because of the delicate situation they had to go through, we want to preserve their privacy and anonymity.
Building and terrace of the shelter house