Medical Aid Provides Life-Saving Treatment for Boy in Gaza
Donated medicine is essential for this 3-year-old boy
Hassan, 3, is far more familiar with Shifa Hospital than any boy his age should be. He is a well-known patient at the hospital due to his congenital kidney disorder, known as nephrotic syndrome.
In his young life, he has faced many serious complications. After birth he spent ten days in the neonatal ICU. He has already survived three heart stoppages. His mother, Umm Hassan, cannot count how many times she has rushed to the hospital with her young child.
She says Hassan’s condition has transformed her life.
“The hospital became my main home. I only visited my house to rest, take a shower or change my clothes.”
Fortunately, Umm Hassan’s family has supported her and her three little girls, who also need care and attention.
This week, Hassan was again admitted to the neonatal ICU. After stabilizing his condition, his doctors worked to bring up the very low calcium level in his blood. They did this by injecting calcium gluconate, used to treat low calcium levels in the blood, high potassium levels and magnesium toxicity.
Calcium supplementation is generally only required for patients when there is not enough calcium in the diet. Unfortunately, for many families in Gaza it is now very hard to access the foods that make up a nutritious diet.
Thanks to METAD for donating the medicine and Islamic Relief USA for covering the shipping costs. Anera delivered this medicine to 11 local hospitals and clinics across Gaza.
Dr. Reem Hertani, Hassan’s physician at Shifa Hospital, says the donated medicine is one of the most important medications for his treatment.
“Without calcium gluconate this [treatment] wouldn't happen. He has a history of cardiac arrest, so it is a lifesaving intervention.”
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