o) Testimony of Carlos Alberto Torres Alújas, Ciriaco Rubén Valdéz Cáceres and Christian Raphael Rojas Salinas, firefighters These witnesses, members of Paraguay’s Fire Brigade, explained what the firefighters did when the fires broke out at the Center.
p) Testimony of Miguel Ángel Insaurralde Coeffier, Director of the National Burns Center The witness was director of the National Burns Center at the time of the ‘Panchito López’ Center’s February 11, 2000 fire. The Burns Center received approximately 30 patients, all of whom suffered from significant respiratory problems and cutaneous burns covering anywhere from 15% to 30% of the body. In general, the process of getting the patients into their respective beds, with professional care and proper equipment, took less than three hours.
The National Burns Center had just opened the month the fire occurred. It had adequate infrastructure in place and a well trained staff. Inmates stayed at the Burns Center for anywhere from 15 days to four months. All those patients received comprehensive care. They had pharmacological support; some had reconstructive surgery.
A burn victim is regarded as a patient for many years, because of the cutaneous scarring and respiratory after-effects he or she might have. However, the treatment was never completed because the inmates did not come to the hospital for treatment as assiduously as they should have. The hospital had no way of knowing why these patients did not come back for follow-up treatment, given the “special circumstances” of those particular patients. The hospital had no way of knowing whether these patients had been released from incarceration or were still being held.