Humanitarian Work


• Monteagudo, Bolivia •

This is where tuberculosis patients, including little Luis’ father, were kept, quarantined away from other patients. It is quite different from the standard isolation facilities seen at most hospitals today, but this is all they had, and they made the most of it.

Outside is where little Luis played while visiting the hospital. 

And Puppydoc did end up getting latent TB after caring for the patients, but she took medicine and is now all better. 


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  1. Thank you so much for doing this work. Sorry about the latent TB. Glad you’re better! Luis looks like an adorable kid. Hope he stays healthy and TB free as well.

    My dad was in a TB sanitarium somewhere in the South-West US sometime I think before WWII. (I had a really old dad). You’ve sparked my curiosity about what the place was like. Though there were a lot of TB sanitariums in Arizona and Nevada at the time, I can probably narrow it down a bit without too much trouble because of segregation. As a Native American, only certain facilities would have accepted him.

      • My dad lived decades after his treatment to age 83, when he passed away from COPD. He lived a very vigorous outdoor lifestyle for many years before the COPD came. Though 83 is a little short for people from his tribe who often live well past 90, overall I think we can say the TB treatment was successful.

  2. Phoebe, you are an amazing human being, to place yourself in danger this way to help others. I am so glad that you were able to be treated and are now TB-free. I admire you so much!

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