Eduardo had his appointment yesterday at the embassy in San Salvador. He came out of this appointment feeling quite victorious!
It turns out that the reason for the appointment was because the Head Consular Officer is heading an investigation involving the doctors that have really screwed us around on our case. There have been a lot of irregularities in the system and things we have known have not been quite right.
Eduardo got the chance to tell his whole story from the beginning of everything that has happened to him and the Consular Officer genuinely cared and took deep consideration in everything he shared.
It turns out that the psychiatrist should never have sent Eduardo to that gastroentologist a few months back. Not only is he not an embassy-approved physician, but she was appalled that we had to pay for extra testing! It seems like it's been about money this whole time as we suspected it was. To make it worse, the findings of the gastroentologist were never even included in the medical packet that was sent to the embassy! Thank God Eduardo saved copies of EVERYTHING for the past few months. He had every receipt and letter of each person he has seen and he had them with him at the interview :)
We are so relieved that this is what the appointment was about and not the "ban" we were so scared he might receive! I can't even tell you how relieving that is. That was the scariest feeling to think we could be waiting another year.
The appointment ended with the very nice Consular Officer telling Eduardo that if he doesn't get a call from the embassy within the next two weeks, then he will be receiving his passport with visa stamped in it in mail in that time. If he does hear from them, then he would probably need to go in for another interview because of whatever they find when they review all the papers again.
But, the woman said she was 98% sure that he would just be receiving his passport in the next couple weeks. She told him to go home and relax :)
I'm so glad the embassy is taking some responsibility here and stepping up to admit there are flaws in their systems and with these so-called embassy-appointed physicians. She was deeply disturbed by the things that have happened to us and by the actions and attitudes of these doctors. I still plan on filing official complaints against each of the doctors myself once Eduardo is back safe and sound, but for now we can rest assured knowing that justice is indeed being served!