"Neruda died with cancer, but did not die of cancer; missing other forensic analysis"

By Mario Casasús


 

Mexico City - In a telephone interview from Santiago , Dr. Gloria Ramirez Donoso and lawyer Rodolfo Reyes Muñoz, analyze the results of toxicology Neruda Case . “World press is wrong, because the forensic report said that Neruda had cancer, but no it has been said that he died from cancer, otherwise it would have closed the investigation, still cannot determine that Neruda had died of cancer, the research will continue . The press takes what is good and speculates on Case Neruda’s true it was found that he had cancer , but nowhere in the forensic report said that Neruda died of cancer , all you say is the presence of cancer metastasis "says plaintiff attorney and nephew of Neruda. A toxicological level, says Dr. Ramirez , " minimum Dipyrone levels were detected , an estrogen treatment that applied at the time to reduce the size of the metastases , and a flavoring in fruits or juices ."

 

MC - . Dr. Ramirez, how would you describe the day on Friday to be released toxicology results of Pablo Neruda?

 

GR - . Closure is given to the participation of the expert panel , which incorporated the fields of anthropology, forensic odontology , toxicology, and genetics part identifying the skeletal remains of Pablo Neruda in laboratories abroad is pending, such reviews have not returned , should take 4 to 6 weeks , and it took 2 weeks from the DNA samples were sent. The Report of toxicology is available on the website of the Judiciary was the commitment of the Minister Mario Chariot, I would like you to hear his words when questioned by reporters if this diligence would close the case Neruda , the judge said, "no, I leave in the hands of the complainants the opportunity to send me requests corresponding to expand the research that has not yet been made . " Basically this panel was dedicated in 80 % to toxicological expertise of heavy metals, organic and inorganic elements, but it takes the analysis to the search for toxic gases and biological agents.

 

 MC - . Transpired reporters that “the time for drugs to treat cancer," metastasis were found Neruda was never the issue for discussion. What drugs were detected, could they differentiate between dipyrone and Dolopirona ?

 

GR - . Laboratory of the University of North Carolina found therapeutic minimum levels of metabolites of dipyrone , the other finding was an estrogen treatment that applied at the time to reduce the size of the metastases , and found a " pollutant" that has to do , it is actually a flavor, with the contents of fruits, or the patient ate fruit or juice was taken. In short , from a methodological point of view I have no observation in the clinical setting was important Dipyrone have found , as well as the derivative of estrogen therapy .

 

 MC - . ? They discussed the cause of death, it was established whether it was cancer or cachexia ?

 

. GR - One thing I would say, “the patient died with prostate cancer” , and would be something else , " the patient died of prostate cancer ." There is a difference, we must leave very clear, obviously the subject of cancer is not a discussion, it is backed by computed tomography, with the macroscopic view in anthropological analysis, diagnosis no doubt, in the numerous samples metastases of different sizes, but that's different from saying: "He died from.”

 

 MC - . Dr. Ramirez ? Continue to advise the prosecuting attorneys?

 

GR - . I would participate in the new panel of experts to make a supplementary expert analysis. I look to solve subject to the Minister Mario Chariot, at the meeting with the Reyes family, the lawyer Eduardo Contreras and experts, the judge said he accepted conduct new forensic techniques .

 

 MC - . Lawyer Rodolfo Reyes, what highlight of the first results of the exhumation ?

 

RR - . Had no toxic substances in the bones of Uncle Paul, no foreign substances only found taking drugs to treat their prostate cancer? The good thing about this process is that the bones of Neruda helped make thorough examinations and issue the report and other reports that we are going to ask : by sarin, and microorganisms that could inoculate Neruda at the Santa María Clinic. Along with the lawyer Eduardo Contreras to what we are studying new laboratories send samples , could also participate to any of the experts of the first results or other designated Judge Mario Chariot.

 

 MC - . When presented the request for new forensic analysis?

 

RR - . Weekend will study the first forensic report on Tuesday and probably present the corresponding letter. During the meeting prior to the press conference, I interrupted a Spanish expert when said were conclusive these tests and the Case Neruda was closed before the end of the meeting I pointed Patricio Bustos , director of SML - I understood that these results the process Neruda Case not closed , but now a report was delivered and that the parties could make appropriate comments in the criminal complaint against the person responsible , this is not over , in fact the Minister Mario Chariot is spoke to the press : " by no means the case is closed ."

 

 . MC - After the toxicology report , the world press provided a media verdict : " Neruda died of cancer " , you agree to our interpretation?

 

RR - . The world press is wrong, because the forensic report said that Neruda had cancer, but no one has said that he died from cancer , otherwise they would have closed the investigation, still can not determine that Neruda had died of cancer will continue investigations. The press takes what is good and speculates on Case Neruda 's true it was found that he had cancer , but nowhere in the forensic report said that Neruda died of cancer , all you say is the presence of cancer metastasis .

 

 MC - . Finally, a legal level, you presented the “Decree 20" that allowed the dictatorship intervene hospitals , did they find the military auditor assigned to the Santa Maria Clinic in 1973?

RR - . Still not been able to determine who the assigned military, Decree Law 20 exists, since September 19, 1973 was allowed to appoint a military inspector in all public hospitals and private clinics departments Chile.

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