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[VIDEO] This Graphic Image Of A Venezuelan Mother Carrying Her Daughter’s Dead Body To A Morgue Amidst The Country’s Massive Blackout Has Social Media Users Heartbroken

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The disarray that continues to lay waste to Venezuela as a result of food and medicine shortages and its ongoing national power outage (now on day five) continues to incite global dismay. Now, after a video of a mother carrying the emaciated body of her deceased daughter went viral on Saturday, users on social media are calling for the end of Maduro’s rule with the hashtag #FueraMaduro.

The disturbing images of a Venezuelan mother carrying the body of her 22lb 19-year old daughter are evidence of the complete chaos currently ravaging the country.

Over the weekend, a journalist captured video of a woman outside the Comprehensive Diagnostic Center (CDI) in the state of Carabobo holding her daughter who had died in her arms moments before. The mother, who has been identified as Elizabeth Díazabraza, reported that she had arrived at the medical center but had been turned away because of the country’s current blackout.

According to La Prensa, the woman told the journalist that “The doctor told me that they have finished their day, since there is no light, so I was going to take her to Las Lomas (another hospital).”

Doctors at CDI reportedly assured Díazabraza that if she went to the medical center in Las Lomas the staff could treat her daughter’s cerebral palsy and malnourishment.

While carrying her daughter on her way to the next medical facility, the daughter’s condition reportedly worsened. According to the mother, her daughter began to convulse and vomit before passing away. “She started belching and belching, and suddenly she stiffened, and I ran back to my house to find my other daughter,” the woman said according to reports.

The horror of Díazabraza’s daughter’s death did not end there.

After carrying her daughter through darkened streets on foot, the mother finally arrived at the medical center in Las Lomas where the facility confirmed her daughter’s death. Then they advised her to walk her daughter to the morgue. The video captured by the journalist shows Díazabraza in a state of shock as she carries her lifeless daughter’s body there.

In response to the images of Díazabraza and her daughter, users online have called for the end of the Maduro administration with the #FueraMaduro hashtag.

Last Thursday, Venezuela’s power system went out, thrusting most of the country, including its capital Caracas, into darkness and additional crisis.

The blackout is the latest emergency to overtake Venezuela which has been in a state of deterioration for years. While hyperinflation and a sinking economy have led over 3 million citizens to leave the country since 2014, attention to the country’s failing structure has renewed the sympathy of those outside of it in recent months. After political leaders refused to acknowledge the re-election of President Nicolás Maduro as legitimate, the country has been in a state of turmoil with episodes of looting, protests and now the loss of power.

Government officials have claimed that the blackout was caused by a fault at Guri hydropower plant, which supplies most of the country’s states with electricity.

According to The New York Times, analysts and electricity-sector contractors have pointed to years of mismanagement and corruption as the culprits in the country’s electrical systems’ breaking points.

Experts have warned that their is no end in sight for the blackouts.


Translation: Mother arrives with her daughter dead in the arms of the morgue of Valencia in the state of Carabobo. The young woman could not be served in the Trapichito CDI for lack of electrical service. He was 19 years old and weighed 10 kilos. Via: A… God have mercy on so much tragedy ????????????

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Comedian Joe ‘El Cholo’ Luna Dies From COVID-19 Just Days After He Posts a Video Describing His ‘Journey’ on Instagram

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Another day, another tragic COVID-19 related death. On November 3rd, a Los Angeles comedian Joe “El Cholo” Luna passed away from the coronavirus.

Throughout his battle with COVID-19, Luna documented his struggle through social media.

Just two days before he passed away, Luna posted a video on Instagram chronicling his COVID-19 journey. He shared the video with his followers for “educational purposes”. In the video, Luna got extremely candid about the realities of the deadly illness.

“Let me tell you, man, when I would hear people talk about what COVID did to them, I always said to myself, ‘You know what? I doubt it’s that bad’,” he says in the video. “I’ll tell you guys right now, I’ve been putting up a fight. I’ve been fighting for my life for the last week or so, man. This COVID shit is no joke.”

Luna described his symptoms: losing his taste and smell, fainting, having trouble breathing, fevers, chills, chest pains. He also contracted pneumonia. At one point, he even lost consciousness.

Luna explained that he had been discharged from the hospital a few days ago simply to be taken back to the hospital via an ambulance. “I ended up passing out,” he said in the clip.

He also revealed that his mother, his girlfriend, and his children had tested positive for the virus. His mother was also hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Luna was a diabetic and had previously lost both of his legs due to the disease. According to him, COVID-19 hit him especially hard due to his preexisting conditions.

Luna’s family and community mourn the loss of a vibrant man who had been full of humor and light when he was alive.

“We are currently all mourning him because not only was he a great son, dad, hubby but also a best friend to many of us,” wrote Blanca Castro on his GoFundMe page.

She continued: “He fought hard after losing both legs to stay ok. He fought hard with the everyday pain. He was my comedian superhero. Even when he was hurting he managed to put a smile on our faces.”

Because of his father’s bright spirit, his family insists on celebrating his death the way he would have wanted: with humor. “For his funeral, he doesn’t want anyone crying so we’re going to put together a show because that’s what he would have wanted,” said his son, Jose Talavera, to Fox 11 News. “He wanted people to be laughing and having fun,” said Talavera.

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Ben Watkins Of ‘MasterChef Junior’ Has Died From A Rare Form Of Cancer

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Ben Watkins Of ‘MasterChef Junior’ Has Died From A Rare Form Of Cancer

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The “MasterChef Junior” family is sadly in mourning.

Ben Watkins, a fan-favorite contestant on the show for children who love to cook, has died. Watkins was just 14. He passed away on Monday, after a year-long battle of fighting a rare form of cancer.

According to Chicago Tribune Watkins passed away after struggling with a rare form of cancer for a year and a half.

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Just three years after Watkins lost both of his parents to a domestic violence incident, the teen’s family is being forced to say ‘goodbye’ to him. Watkins uncle Anthony Edwards and grandmother Donna Edwards issued a statement on Monday that said their beloved family member had gone “home to be with his mother.”

“After losing both of his parents in September 2017, we have marveled at Ben’s strength, courage and love for life. He never, ever complained. Ben was and will always be the strongest person we know. When Ben’s rare illness was shared with the world, he was so heartened by the outpouring of love he received from every corner of the globe–especially here in his hometown of Gary, Indiana,” the statement, which was shared on a GoFundMe campaign page, stated. “We cannot thank this community enough for holding our family up in prayer and for all that you’ve done. Ben suffered more than his share in his fourteen years on this Earth but we take solace in that his suffering is finally over and in that, in the end, Ben knew he was loved by so many. #Love4Ben.”

Watkins was diagnosed last year with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma, just days before his 13th birthday.

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Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma is a rare soft tissue cancer. It occurs in only a small number of children and young adults and is characterized by cystic blood-filled spaces and made up of histiocyte-like cells.

“Young Ben is one of only six people in the entire world diagnosed with this illness. Ben is currently undergoing treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Despite all of Ben’s trials and tribulations, he remains positive and looks forward to getting back in the kitchen and pursuing his dream to become an Engineer.   Members of the community have joined together to see that the life challenges that Ben has gone through does not derail him from reaching his full potential and fulfilling his dreams,” the statement concluded.

According to Chicago Tribune, Watkin’s had a golf-ball-sized tumor in his neck that had grown into a grapefruit-sized mass. Watkins underwent chemotherapy treatment for tumors located on his lungs, spine, and shoulder.

“Despite all the pain and sickness Ben went through, he never complained, not once,” Edwards told the Chicago Tribune. “We were praying for a different outcome. But Ben’s lungs could no longer give him the air he needed to breathe. It’s been devastating.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, “When Ben was first diagnosed, one of his doctors began writing a medical paper on Ben’s rare disease. Adhering to privacy rules, the doctor didn’t use Ben’s name. You can use my name,” Ben told the doctor. ‘Do whatever it takes. I don’t want another kid to have to go through what I’m going through.’ Ben and his family also consented for tissue to be extracted from his cancerous tumors after his death, to be shared with researchers. By doing so, Ben’s altruistic legacy will continue in the medical community as well as in his family.”

Speaking about his nephew, Edwards told Chicago Times that “Ben will always be our superhero.”

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