Agricultural Worker seeks Aid from Promotoras After Facing an Injury on the Job


Main Participant

Anonymous Agricultural Worker

Occupation

Agricultural Worker

Colorado County & Region

South Fork Rio Grand County, San Luis Valley SLV

Original Language

English

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In early February, an agricultural worker reached out to Zoila Gomez, the Regional Director of Los Promotores del Valle de San Luis, because he was having medical issues. He then explained that he had been injured on the job at the end of January after he was sickened while welding. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he had some blood tests done and received oxygen. A week later, he was experiencing consistent chest pain, so Zoila reached out to a local doctor who advised him to take some aspirin for the time being. The worker did not have any aspirin on hand, so Zoila contacted her team member Anita Rodrigues, a promotores from Center, CO. Anita was able to meet the worker and his friend at gas station to gave him medicine and a bag of emergency food and medicine kit.

The promotores continued to follow up with the worker through WhatsApp messages, even calling a doctor in Mexico who advised him “eat bananas, tomatoes, milk.”

The promotoras advised the worker to inform his employer about his recent health issues, but the worker did not want to bother anyone and felt that he would be okay, so he continued to work even though he should have been resting. The worker expressed an immense sense of relief and gratitude towards the promotoras who gave him supplies and helped him to feel that he was not alone in his health struggles.

Translation Language (if available)

Español

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A principios de febrero, un trabajador agrícola de se puso en contacto con Zoila Gómez, directora regional de Los Promotores del Valle de San Luis, porque tenía problemas médicos. Entonces le explicó que se había lesionado en el trabajo a finales de enero después de que se enfermara mientras soldaba. Le llevaron a un hospital cercano donde le hicieron algunos análisis sanguíneos y recibió oxígeno. Una semana después, experimentaba un dolor constante en el pecho, por lo que Zoila se puso en contacto con un médico local que le aconsejó tomar una aspirina mientras tanto. El trabajador no tenía ninguna aspirina a mano, por lo que Zoila se puso en contacto con Anita Rodrigues, promotora de Center, CO. Anita pudo reunirse con el trabajador y su amigo en una gasolinera para darle la medicina y una bolsa de comida de emergencia y un kit de medicinas.

 

Las promotoras siguieron en contacto con el trabajador a través de mensajes de WhatsApp, incluso llamaron a un médico en México que le recomendó "que comiera plátanos, tomates y leche".

 

Las promotoras le aconsejaron al trabajador que informara a su empleador de sus recientes problemas de salud, pero el trabajador no quiso molestar a nadie y consideró que se pondría bien, así que siguió trabajando a pesar de que debería haber estado descansando. El trabajador expresó una inmensa sensación de alivio y gratitud hacia las promotoras que le proporcionaron suministros y que le hicieron sentir que no estaba solo con sus problemas de salud.

Archivist Notes

This story is based on data collected by Project Protect Promotora Network. ID: 14397

Title

Agricultural Worker seeks Aid from Promotoras After Facing an Injury on the Job

Description

Promotoras helped an agricultural worker from San Luis Valley after he was injured on the job and experienced lingering health problems.

Creator

Zoila Gomez

Date

February 2022

Contributor

Delanee Taylor

Citation

Zoila Gomez, Agricultural Worker seeks Aid from Promotoras After Facing an Injury on the Job February 2022. Esencial Colorado, accessed April 24, 2024, https://esencialcolorado.org/items/show/120