Today was interesting. Saba, Hamza and myself went to the Akilah hospital with medicines donated by Health Partners International Canada and about 40 packs of crayons, 10 sketch pads and 5 soccer balls. There were three children admitted still at the hospital. I did a pediatrics clinic in the hospital’s out-patient department. The hospital’s top 2 floors are rented by the Syrian Relief and Development (please visit: http://syriareliefanddevelopment.org/tag/akilah-hospital/ for details). This hospital is very well run and only treats Syrian refugees and is staffed by 10 Syrian physicians – general and orthopedic surgeons, gynecologists, urologists and internal medicine specialists.
Before starting the clinic, we visited young Faris, admitted about a week ago with compound fracture and severe traumatic flesh wound of his right arm with exposed bone from a bomb. He had undergone a skin graft to help repair the 12-inch gaping flesh wound that had gone down to his bone. His dad showed us a video of the original wound. We visited him again and presented him with a soccer ball, a pack of crayola crayons and a sketch pad which was just able to bring a soft smile on his face. The brutality and horror this young little guy witnessed and experienced was vividly apparent just looking into his haunting eyes.
The clinic went surprisingly well. I was assisted by Dr. Mahmoud Asad, a general surgeon, who was kind enough to help translate for me. I saw the following kinds of cases:
- 13-month old with severe otitis media with rupture of tympanic membrane
- 15-month old child with developmental delay – unable to walk but able to stand, otherwise well child
- 12 year old boy suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – complaining of 5 month history of “breathing problems” since witnessing his dad get gunned down in front of his eyes by Syrian regime soldiers.
- 14-year old boy developing a hereditary paralyzing neurological disorder of his lower limbs – presenting with pain and dysesthesia in his left lower foot, same presentation as his two older sisters who are now paralyzed. Very poor prognosis.
- 8 year old with soft tissue injury of lateral left leg – struck by a stick by another child
- Twin 4-year-old girls with Hepatitis A and jaundice.
- Several children with viral illnesses
- 1 child 8 years old with asthma
All remaining medications were left with Akilah Hospital who will distribute the medications free of charge to Syrians presenting to the out-patient clinic.
This is our last posting from the field for this project.
Once again we wish to take this opportunity to thank our donors and supporters for their generous donations – over $116,000 were raised for this project. A full and complete project report (including financials on how these funds were spent) will be issued by Islamic Relief Jordan around the end of September.
As this is an ongoing humanitarian disaster, please consider donating on an ongoing basis for the Syrian people.