Al-Ain News spends a day with 57357 children: We dream of continuing the hospital
In the eyes of the cancer fighters of the “57357” Children’s Hospital, there is a lot of hope, a little ambition, and a little fear for the fate of the hospital.
Echoes of the financial crisis that hit the hospital reached the ears of the children, changing their mood but not weakening their determination to fight the disease.
Al-Ain News conducted a tour of Hospital 57357 in the Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. I heard from children and their families about their conditions, the level of service and their hopes.
Salah.. journey of leukemia regression
“I want to wake up (recover) and be like my friends,” Salah Sayed (age 7) begins his speech, praising the level of service at the hospital and the cheerfulness of the doctors and nurses.
Salah, a second grade student, says, “I have been receiving treatment for 5 years, the hospital is nice and the doctors are kind.”
The child, who lives in the Beni Suef province of central Egypt, revealed his hobbies, including drawing and playing with colours, which he indulges in in the hospital lounge, revealing that his last pictures were of a bird and a lion.
Salah’s mother says that her child completed the treatment protocol and fully recovered from the illness, about a month ago it came back and now he is undergoing a new treatment protocol, so he was treated again in the hospital.
Salah’s mother: Where do the poor children go?
The mother recounted the history of her son’s illness, saying: “We discovered the disease at Bayad al-Arab Hospital in Beni Suef, and after 4 months of diagnosis and treatment, Salah was found to have leukemia, and it was decided to transfer him to 57357.”
Salah complained of pain in his stomach and feet, and the doctors thought he was suffering from tonsillitis, and his mother says: “Praise be to God, they are satisfied with the judgment of our Lord, and the doctors, workers and nurses here are in the best condition .”
Salah’s mother urged everyone to donate to the hospital: “Not for my son. My son is a little old, but he has small children. I saw them and I was devastated and upset for them. Where would the poor children go if the hospital was closed?”
And she concluded her speech with the words: “The hospital cannot be closed, there are people who do not need to be treated. My husband is a day laborer and has cartilage and does not work all the time. I hope that whoever has it will donate, and God, no one feels the pain we are in, and may God heal everyone.”
Rukia: I wish the hospital was open
When asked by Al-Ain Al-Akhbariya about her wish in life, 8-year-old Ruqaya said in a shy voice, “I wish the hospital was open.” She also wants to become a doctor who will treat young children.
Ruqaya has been receiving treatment at number 57357 since she was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2021, and the daughter from Cairo’s Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood says, “The hospital is very sweet, the doctors are good and the food is wonderful.”
Wafa Sayed, Ruqayya’s maternal grandmother, revealed the details of her detention: “Ruqayya was put on a waiting list and we resorted to many mediations to expedite her admission, but the hospital does not recognize this method and we waited until it was her turn.”
Ruqayya’s Grandmother: Prince Zay Al-Ghafir
Ruqay’s nana says: “Since her stay in the hospital, things have been going well. Thank God, the test results are stable and good, and everyone here is trying to treat the patients”, and adds: “Everyone is equal here, Prince Zai Al-Ghafir.”
The grandmother indicated that her granddaughter is in the third grade of primary school at the School of Nuns in Cairo, but according to the doctor’s instructions, she is forbidden to go to her school: “We bring her teachers home, to prevent interference and preserve her immunity.”
Mrs. Wafa touched on the donation crisis: “The children and the hospital staff do not deserve this trouble. Everything is perfect here. There is no discrimination between the children and it does not offend anyone. I hope that philanthropists will not stop donating to the hospital.”
She also praised the level of service at the hospital: “57357 is second to none in terms of cleanliness, and we choose food from the menu every day, and if the child’s condition worsens by half a degree, an ambulance rushes into the room to resolve the situation.” , and may God reward them with kindness.”
Ibrahim’s father held back tears
In the ward where children suffering from leukemia are treated, 16-year-old Ibrahim Ramadan sits with a shaved head and a smile that never leaves his lips, to instill hope and soothe the souls of his roommate and his peers in the ward.
Ibrahim says that he came to the hospital last year, he was in custody for 48 days, and he regularly comes to receive doses, and adds: “The service is good and the doctors are all excellent, from the old to the young, and the treatment is sweet, all the best To God.”
In his speech, Ibrahim’s father held back tears saying: “He has been suffering from leukemia for a year, and after discovering the disease, we contacted the hospital and after only 4 days on the waiting list, he was kept, and thank God he was not admitted.” treatment beyond 57.”
Ibrahim’s father concluded: “We have no problems here, and God help the hospital.”
Adele’s father: Everything is fine here
Adel Ahmed (10 years old) shares the same room with Ibrahim Ramadan and praises the level of service: “Everything is good here, people who come to the hospital take their dose. People, doctors and nurses here are good and nice.”
His father, who lives in the province of Qalyubia in northern Egypt, says: “Adel underwent a gland operation and the analysis of the sample revealed that he had leukemia and it was decided to transfer him here, and the procedures were quick and we got a bed without delay .”
And he concluded: “Adel was not treated for cancer abroad, thank God, and here he is treated regularly and without delay, and the service is good, and the people here are better than our sisters”, inviting everyone to donate. treat as many patients as possible.