Read what some of our members have to say about Cruz Roja Primo Tapia.
In early June of 2020 I slipped on a wet tile floor, crashing head-long into a cabinet hitting each shelf with a different part of my face as I fell. I also broke the pottery cup in my hand leaving a large, deep gash in my forearm. My husband put a loose tourniquet above the gash to stem the blood flow and then rushed me to the Cruz Roja Clinic in Rosarito. I was totally covered in blood. Head wounds, you know. I was rushed in immediately and stitched up and bandaged. The doctor and nurse were very able, did a great job, and I was able to return to La Mision in time to meet with my Saturday morning coffee group.
My husband was on the roof spreading asphalt emulsion, chasing a persistent leak. John had old leather motorcycle boots on with smooth leather soles. He slipped and fell into our patio courtyard. His helper went around the corner of the house and saw him on the ground just moments after he had fallen. He called for me and I called the ambulance. They were here in less than 5 minutes and had my husband on a stretcher receiving oxygen in less than 10 minutes total since he hit the ground. He was rushed to emergency receiving in our Rosarito Cruz Roja Clinic. They stabilized him, intubated him, and within 30 minutes he was back in the ambulance headed to the boarder, the longest and most terrifying ride of my life, up the La Gloria to enter the emergency lanes. They had called the US paramedics to pick us up and bring John to the trauma center at UCSD Hospital. I’m so grateful to the paramedics and doctors at Cruz Roja. I believe their fast and competent response saved my husband’s life. He was in a transplant room for 6 days, a comma for 23 days and hospital for 6 months. They were pretty certain he was going to die but he did not! When I brought him back to our Baja home, I had heartfelt confidence he would at last recover and he very much did, and we enjoyed 14 more beautiful years. John passed away the end of June last year. I both miss him and am so grateful for having him all those wonderful years, and for this I must certainly thank God and Cruz Roja.
In November of 2019, I had a horse accident and broke my leg. I went to the Cruz Roja Clinic in Rosarito. This was my first time at the clinic, and friends brought me. The entire staff was immensely helpful, as I received an X-Ray, a soft cast with cleaning and bandaging on the wound, which was worse than the break. Important to note, when I presented in the states the next day, the attention received was inadequate compared to staff at Cruz Roja. The bandaging provided by Cruz Roja was far superior, as well.
I wanted to tell you about my experience which required the use of the Cruz Roja ambulance. I have syncope, which is a tendency to faint. I was having an episode and my husband called the ambulance. We live in Campo Reynoso, a half hour from Rosarito. The response time of the ambulance was very good. When they arrived, the EMT’s were very kind and professional. They checked me over and made sure I was stable and took me to the Cruz Roja Clinic in Rosarito. That ride was free, as it is to all people who need it. Once there they observed me for an hour or so, kept track of my blood pressure. Low blood pressure is the first indicator of a faint for me. A second time, I had another episode so I was once again loaded in the ambulance and this time I was taken to San Ysidro border, through to secondary, where we waited for the American ambulance to take me to the hospital. My husband paid the bill for the care and they asked if we were members of Cruz Roja and because the answer was yes, our bill was cut in half. It all was a good experience for me even though I was ill at the time. I am thankful to God and Cruz Roja for the care.
I have taken my wife to the Cruz Roja Clinic on two occasions. The first time was in 2018. Mary Beth had a stiff and painful issue with her neck as well as difficulty breathing. Fifteen minutes after arriving at the clinic she was seen by a Doctor. She was examined, meds prescribed and we were on our way in 45 minutes. As we left, we paid for her visit. About 50 pesos or $2.50 USD at the time. The second time was in October 2019. Mary Beth fell while visiting a friend’s home. She severely bruised her knee. She was attended to by a Doctor, had an X-Ray taken, prescribed antibiotics and meds for high blood pressure. The total cost was $70 USD. Both visits were A+ in our books.