Surgical resident in Philly finding a new life after fleeing Venezuela

Lynne Adkins
February 26, 2019 - 4:00 am



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the crisis in Venezuela escalates, violence is surging and food and medical supplies are dwindling. Now, a surgical resident in Philadelphia is talking about what he endured before he left.

Dr. Arturo Rios-Diaz was born in Caracas 30 years ago. He made the painful decision to leave his family after surviving a horrifying incident. 

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"You know right now that Caracas is one of the most dangerous cities in the world and unfortunately, I could not escape the reality. I was a victim of an attempted kidnapping, where I was physically assaulted and shot twice. Luckily, I survived that and was able to drive myself to the hospital and great surgeons took care of me," he said. 

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Once he recovered, he left Venezuela and his parents behind, moving to the U.S. He is now married and currently a general surgery resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He hasn't been back home and doesn't know when or if he'll return.