The bodies of two patients who died at Santa Casa during the process of transferring victims to other hospitals arrived at the Legal Medical Institute this Tuesday morning (28/06) and were recognized by family members.
Cezar Freitas de Jesus, 51, was on the 9th floor when the fire started. According to his son, he had been hospitalized for two weeks, but he was doing well and should be released later this week.
Otvio Jordany Melo Rezende, 23, had been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for a year and a half. He was at Santa Casa to have a bone marrow transplant and caught an infection. According to his girlfriend, Julia Moura, the young man’s condition was stable.
“He was in the room facing the fire. Otvio couldn’t stand transport, getting out of the bed he was in. As the fire started in front of his room, he needed to be taken out of there. He died due to transport. He was fine. If not for the fire, he would still be here. He was confident of beating cancer, of getting well. But this tragedy happened.”
Patients removed from the floor where the fire broke out were transferred to João XVIII and So Lucas hospitals.