In a recent revelation, Antonio Levy Gomes, the coordinator of the Neuropediatrics unit at Santa Maria Hospital, has raised concerns over the timing of a press conference held by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The conference took place a day prior to an audit where witnesses were due to provide statements regarding a case involving the treatment of twin sisters at the hospital.
The twin sisters received one of the world's most expensive medications at Santa Maria Hospital. The timing of the President's press conference, Gomes suggests, could be perceived as an attempt to sway the testimonies of the witnesses. In a move towards transparency, Gomes has shared correspondence exchanged with the President, handing it over to the General Inspection of Health Activities (IGAS). He, however, vowed to not disclose any further communication unless there were instances of falsehoods.
The Power of Influence
In an intriguing twist to the tale, Gomes suggested that the President's son, Nuno Rebelo de Sousa, could have potentially exerted his influence inappropriately. The mere mention of his name, Gomes indicated, could serve as a key to open doors. He went on to criticize the family of the twins who had invited doctors to travel and evaluate the case, stressing that if the children were Portuguese or Luso-Brazilian, they should have opted for a standard consultation instead of involving a National Health Service doctor under uncertain circumstances.
A Convoluted Situation
Gomes positions the clinical director of Santa Maria Hospital as a pivotal figure in the case, serving as a bridge between the Ministry of Health, the President, and his son. He also expressed surprise upon discovering that the twin sisters had not been admitted to Dona Estefania Hospital, which he believes would have warranted a more thorough examination of their case.
In a publicized email by a TV report, the President had stated that there should be no special treatment for anyone, especially not for his son. However, when questioned about this specific email, the President claimed to have no recollection of it and confessed to not retaining all emails, thereby drawing a stark contrast with other communications that have been archived.