Only Survivor of Plane Crash in Cuba Starts Rehabilitation

The 19-year-old woman was discharged from the Calixto Garcia Hospital, where she was treated for multiple traumas after more than 70 days of a battle for her life

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The nurses who looked after Mailén. (Photo: Maykel Espinosa Rodríguez / Juventud Rebelde)

The only survivor of the plane crash in Cuba on May 18, Mailen Diaz Almaguer, is continuing his recovery and has started rehabilitation at the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital in this capital.

The 19-year-old woman was discharged from the Calixto Garcia Hospital, also in Havana, where she was treated for multiple traumas after more than 70 days of a battle for her life, in which a multidisciplinary team participated.

According to medical reports, Diaz Almaguer had complex situations in her evolution as a result of traumatic injuries and their repercussions on her body functions.

Despite experts’ efforts, it was necessary to amputate her left leg at knee level, because the critical situation of that extremity compromised her life, Juventud Rebelde newspaper reported. On May 18, a Boeing 737-200 run by the Mexican company Damojh, leased by Cubana de Aviacion, crashed in the vicinity Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport in Havana shortly after taking off.

More than 100 people were killed in the tragedy and only three people arrived alive at the Calixto Garcia Hospital: Diaz Almaguer, Gretell Landrove Font and Emiley Sanchez de la O, but the two latter died some days after the accident.

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