With deep sorrow ARxC mourns the passing of our Dialysis patient, Justo Baudilio Rodriguez. Justo was much loved by the ARxC community and will be greatly missed. Only 53 years old, Justo was one of the dialysis patients helped by ARxC to continue his life-saving dialysis treatment when Grady Hospital closed the doors of their Outpatient Dialysis Clinic in August 2009, leaving 90 patients without a bridge of care. Through many challenges and crisis, Justo helped his fellow patients to ban together to assist ARxC in the fight to gain health care justice for 33 dialysis patients. A dear and close
dialysis friend, Baani, stated,” He was always cheerful and always willing to help. He was hopeful and was loved for that”. ARxC could always depend on Justo to state his opinion and was ready to have his voice heard. Justo went through many personal challenges with End Stage Renal Disease. As a painter and then taxi driver, he worked despite the pain, exhaustion and schedule of his tri-weekly dialysis treatment. In 2013, due to blood circulation problems, Justo’s leg was amputated. Recently, once again his heart struggled to pump the blood throughout his body, requiring consideration of his other leg amputation. He battled his illness like a true warrior, however was tired of the fight. His passing was a sudden shock to our ARxC close community. We send our support and love to his wife, family and his dialysis family.(photo #1(left) Just- far right, photo #2(right) Justo-center back).
To date, ARxC has grieved the loss of 12 dialysis patients. We continue to support the remaining patients who receive their dialysis care through a negotiated contract between the Grady HealthCare System and Fresenius Medical Care, Inc. To learn more please go to www.arxc.org