Elliott Yamin Fears For Health In Chile
March 2nd, 2010 6:45pm EST
Stranded singer Elliott Yamin fears he'll run out of diabetes medication before he can get out of Chile. The former American Idol contestant was in the South American country for a weekend music festival when a massive earthquake hit on Friday.
He had hoped to return to the U.S. as soon as possible, but, on Tuesday afternoon, he was still stuck in Chile - and he's desperately worried he may run out insulin to treat his condition.
He says, "I am a Type 1 diabetic and I only packed enough insulin supplies for my pump to last a couple more days, so I'm starting to worry. I don't know how long we're going to be here.
"This country isn't very keen on insulin pumps; supplies for my pump are running low. Hospitals here are very crowded, and, as you can imagine, they are dealing with bigger things.
"We're close to the airport here, but it is closed except for emergency purposes. The information has been so scarce regarding flights; one minute we're leaving Wednesday, and then it is Friday. Now they are saying it could be beyond that time."
And Yamin is just praying he receives medical aid before it's too late: "I hope to get home before I slip into a diabetic coma. That would be nice. I'm trying to be positive, I'm alive and well. I have all my limbs attached. I don't know how we all got out of there unscathed. I'm very grateful we lived to tell about it."