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Posted 05/12/11 01:37 PM
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Dr. Otto Rodriquez passed away during the night. I'm told he was in the hospital with pneumonia and was getting better, about to be discharged , then he suffered a massive heart attack. Such a great man.

I am crushed. What a fantastic man has left us.
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#407557 - 05/12/11 01:41 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: Marty]
collyk Offline
So very sad. Condolences to the family, friends and community.
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#407558 - 05/12/11 01:51 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
He gave a lot of his life serving the people of San Pedro.
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#407559 - 05/12/11 02:06 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Here's an article, "The Healing Hands of San Pedro", from the San Pedro Sun in 1999

Recent news has disclosed that the San Pedro Lions Club is undertaking yet another wonderful project - a new hospital. As the plans are being drafted, negotiations underway and donations requested, one should stop to think for a moment of a person that has worked closely with the San Pedro Lions Club to improve the medical system on the island. Yes, you guessed right, we speak of no other than Dr. Otto Rodriguez.

Dr. Otto Rodriguez was born in the Central American country of El Salvador. At a young age Dr. Rodriguez felt a strong inclination towards the medical field and since then knew that this was the path for him. By the time Dr. Otto was sixteen he was enrolled in the University of Guadalajara in Mexico where he graduated in 1972. He performed his one-year required internship at the Social Security Hospital of Reynosa in Tamaulipas, Mexico and then practiced at the Social Services Hospital of Manzanillo also in Mexico. In 1975, Dr. Rodriguez received his General Practitioner's title and returned to his birthplace to share his medical services.

Dr. Otto Rodriguez opted to come to Belize in 1977 to learn English. While here, he was offered and accepted a job at the Belize City Hospital. He quickly adapted to the lifestyle and language of Belize and in 1980 joined the Belize City Lions Club. During one of Dr. Rodriguez's leaves, he decided to visit San Pedro for a vacation. His good reputation had reached the ears of the San Pedro Lions Club, who were in need of a resident doctor. During his vacation, he was approached by the Club and offered the island doctor's position. It did not take much convincing for Rodriguez to accept. The combination of friendly people, active Lions Club and island lifestyle all played a big role in his decision. Dr. Otto moved to San Pedro in 1982, together with his wife, Mireya and two sons, Otto and Henry. He immediately settled in and got to work. For the islanders, Dr. Otto was a blessing from heaven. His being here alleviated financial burdens that many had to incur during emergencies when a resident doctor was not available. Dr. Otto worked at the Lions Clinic assisted by Nurse Burns. The clinic, at that time, consisted of only two rooms and limited medical supplies and equipment.

As time went by, the clinic continued to improve and expand and so did Dr. Rodriguez's services. By 1992, he was put in charge of San Pedro's first and only Hyperbaric Chamber. Dr. Otto went through a series of intense courses relating to this new field. Some of these courses were done in Cozumel, Mexico, Duke University in North Carolina and Florida, USA. Today, he is assisted by Nurse Veronica at the clinic and by Antonia Guerrero at the Chamber.

As mentioned earlier, Dr. Rodriguez has also been a dedicated Lion member. He has held the position of President, Drug Awareness District Chairman and Diabetes Awareness District Chairman. He has been a key educator devoting a lot of his time to lecture in schools throughout the island.

Dr. Otto has delivered hundreds of children on the island, bringing much joy to the proud parents, and unfortunately has also seen some lose their beloved ones. Today, Dr. Rodriguez is more than a doctor; he is a friend, a fellow Lion brother and an overall great guy. Our Community feels lucky that we were blessed with a professional of his capacity who has aided us in our not so pleasant moments. We appreciate all the work he has done with each individual patient. For all his long hours, house calls and emergencies, Our Community says "Thank you, Doc."


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#407569 - 05/12/11 02:53 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: Marty]
papashine Offline
This is very sad news, Dr. Otto was a fantastic person and a great Doctor, we will miss him very much.
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#407596 - 05/12/11 03:46 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Oh my - what a good man we have lost. He was a strong and dedicated human being and we are all the poorer for his passing.

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#407599 - 05/12/11 04:09 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: Marty]
Amanda Syme Offline
Dr Otto has been a doctor on the island for decades - we have watched him go through many personal joys and tragedies and he has been here for us during the best and worst times in our lives. He will be sadly missed.

May he rest in peace.

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#407600 - 05/12/11 04:16 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: Marty]
SP Daily Offline
Otto was the first doctor I saw after my heart attack in 2000. He was a caring and gentle man...and a fine person. A great loss to the community.

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#407602 - 05/12/11 04:40 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: Marty]
PROBUS Offline
He was never the same man after the loss of his son. He will be sadly missed.

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#407620 - 05/12/11 06:32 PM Re: Doctor Otto Rodriguez [Re: PROBUS]
Ana Lausen Offline
I am terribly saddened by this news. He was a great Doctor. A terrible loss for San Pedro and for the El Salvadoran community. My condolences to his family.
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