Friday, October 14, 2011
Ladies in White ("Las Damas de Blanco") founder dies in Havana from Dengue fever
This evening comes word that one of their founders, 63 year old Laura Pollan, has died after a week long battle with the dreaded Dengue fever. Dengue is a tropical, mosquito born illness which afflicts much of the world, including the Yucatán, where there have been a number of deaths in recent weeks. Fortunately, most people experience milder forms of Dengue, and statistically very few actually succumb to the illnes. Pollan died in a Havana hospital, where she was admitted after developing severe respiratory problems.
Pollan's husband, one of the original 75, was just released in February.
Note: Subsequent press reports in the days immediately following Pollan's death have disagreed on the exact cause(s). It appears that she suffered from numerous ailments, and was generally in a compromised state of health when hospitalized. But she did have Dengue. This is probably one of those cases where a physically stronger person would have survived.
at 9:26 PM