Dying in line: Brazil's crunch for COVID-19 intensive care beds

By Stephen Eisenhammer PIRATININGA, Brazil (Reuters) – José Roberto Inácio spent much of his life ferrying the sick and injured to the hospital in this quiet Brazilian town. On Wednesday, March 10, the retired ambulance driver took the familiar route once more – as a passenger gasping for breath. By the weekend, the 63-year-old’s kidneys were failing. He needed dialysis. He needed intensive care. But at the small hospital where he was being treated even basic medical supplies, like a catheter, were lacking. He joined the list for a bed in an intensive care unit (ICU), but doctors told his fami…

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