After suffering complications from a weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Kesell “Queso” Macias ended up in a coma at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista. This week, after nearly two months, doctors planned to take him off life support.
The Macias family began fighting the hospital’s decision and searching for other options. Tuesday they found hope at University of California Irvine Medical Center, where Macias was transferred late Tuesday afternoon for a second opinion.
Macias is scheduled for his first doctor’s exam Wednesday morning. Since doctors haven’t examined him yet, they’re not commenting on his condition. The hospital did release a statement saying, “We believe that every patient is entitled to receive a second opinion.”
Betsy Macias said she is grateful for the second chance.
“It feels good that somebody else want s to give him a chance, look at his case, give us their opinion,” said Betsy Macias. “But once again we’re ready to fight for him, so if it’s not the opinion that we know we need for him we will look somewhere else. But I’m very grateful they took their time to give us that second opinion.”
Slowly but surely family members believe he is making progress.
“In the last couple days he’s been trying to move his head more to the side,” said Betsy Macias. “And, you know, every little step is something.”
No matter what the outcome the Macias family hopes their story will inspire others in a similar situation.
“I do want people to know they can do something about it,” said Betsy Macias. “When they feel that their family member or loved on is getting an injustice done to them.”