Carmen Acosta traveled 3,000 kilometers by car to be able to say the last goodbye to his mother Aurora Quintanade, 81 years old. She had been diagnosed with terminal cancer last March, and her condition had worsened.
Sadly, but with the illusion of being able to say goodbye to her mother, Carmen left Rawson for Formosa. However, when she arrived in that province five days ago, due to the coronavirus quarantine, they did not let her pass. He was only able to enter Formosa territory this Thursday, but it was too late: his mother had fallen into a coma on Wednesday and died before Carmen got to see her. “They have no forgiveness for what they did to me,” Carmen said, even before her mother’s death.
Carmen’s story refers to that of Solange, the young woman with cancer who died in Córdoba without being able to say goodbye to his father, who was denied entry to the province because a covid-19 test that was carried out gave a “doubtful” result. Solange’s father had traveled from Neuquén.
When Carmen Acosta spoke with Clarion I was already in Formosa, in a hotel, waiting for the moment to go to the hospital: “At least I will be able to see her, give her a hug, squeeze her hand,” he told this newspaper. And he added that despite processing the permits They never gave him an answer from the Government of Formosa.
“And I’m not the only one,” she added, “when they sent me back to Santa Fe, in a small town near the border with the Chaco there were families waiting for 40 days in a gas station because the government of Formosa does not allow them to enter to return to their homes ”.
Carmen has lived in Rawson for thirteen years with her husband and children. He works at the Don Bosco school. Despite the great distance that separates her from her mother, they managed to get together every year. The last time was in February 2020, shortly before the pandemic was declared and his mother was diagnosed with the serious disease.
“I traveled with a niece and her seven month old daughter. We did a very long journey, almost non-stop and overcoming all obstacles in various provinces. But when we were so close, when I thought I could see my conscious mother, in Formosa they closed the door on us and “kindly” invited us to return to Rawson. We ignored them and stayed in a town, in Santa Fe, which is on the border with Chaco. We upload our hardships to social networks. And they quickly went viral. It seems that this touched the hearts of the Formosan authorities. And they told us that they would let us pass ”, said the woman.
“I told them: ‘my mom is dying And every minute I waste I’m losing her. ‘ I begged, I asked them anyway. But there was no case. At last I was able to arrive, although too late. Not being able to say goodbye as I wanted is a great blow to the heart. Will someone take care of this? I’m sure not. These gentlemen do not care about the sadness of the other, ”Carmen said when she still believed that she could see her mother in a coma, but alive.
“We arrived five days ago. If they had let me pass, I could have given us a hug with my mom. Now I don’t know, because he’s in a coma. At least I will be next to her. After everything I’ve been through, it’s a lot for me. But I can’t cry anymore. I ran out of tears. I never thought I would go through this. ” Carmen still did not know that her mother would die without her being able to see her.