In the homeland Cuban doctors who faced the COVID-19 in Andorra: "7,810 kilometers back and the triumph of life"

About 9:10 p.m. The plane that brought health professionals back to the island made landfall at Terminal 5 of Havana's José Martí International Airport.

7,810 kilometers separate Havana from the Principality of Andorra; to our island on this side of the Atlantic, and to the small independent principality located between France and Spain, in the mountains of the Pyrenees, with a population of just over 76,000 inhabitants and an area of ​​468 square kilometers.

We could talk about customs, the climate, its people ... No distance that in the last three months has not been shortened, since the 34 members of the brigade of the international contingent of doctors specialized in confronting disasters arrived on Andorran soil and serious Henry Reeve epidemics.

Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard in that country, which came to have, according to data from its Ministry of Health, an infection rate of 1,100 people per 100,000 inhabitants, equivalent to those in the most affected from Europe. Then, a brigade of Cuban doctors left ready to help, to do what they know best: save.

Three months and three days later, the second group of the members of this contingent returns to the Homeland, since at the end of May 13 of its members had returned to Cuba after completing a mission of almost two months in the small country.

About 9:10 p.m. The plane that brought health professionals back to the island made landfall at Terminal 5 of Havana's José Martí International Airport.

In numbers, they bring with them the satisfaction of having offered 54 680 medical care to 8 223 patients and more than 66 480 nursing procedures, and of having saved 106 lives.

A few hours earlier, from Madrid, Dr. Yurisán Curbelo López, a member of the Cuban medical brigade Henry Reeve, told Cubadebate that during these three months of hard work, the objective entrusted to them was accomplished, "to help eradicate the COVID-19 in Andorra ”.

On June 26, he said, the last patient treated was discharged and therefore "we returned with the satisfaction of the duty fulfilled."

Grateful and proud, he emphasized.

The first welcome from their land, from their people, they surely lived on board the aircraft, even without landing, when the control tower of the Cuban capital shook them with a message. Now, the stairs descend with a safe step, smiling, after three months and two days of effort to heal, not only bodies but souls.

That is the meaning they learned from Cuban medicine, that of being one of those who, as the wise Aesculapius said, "no longer belong."

During these months of confronting the pandemic, 38 brigades made up of more than 3 440 health professionals have left Cuba for 31 countries, who have treated more than 162,000 patients and preserved the lives of more than 5,000 people. These professionals joined the more than 28,000 Cuban collaborators already present in 59 countries when the pandemic began.

Today a group of these heroes and heroines is back home. With certainty, they are ready to continue, like that first day when the contingent of hope was born, saving.