MCK wishes all our donors, patients, volunteers, and readers a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Yesterday MCK volunteers Sarah and Inge P. visited Dharmais for the first time in the new year. We met Anindia, a cute one and a half year old who is suffering from leukemia. She has been in the hospital for more than three months now. Her parents are teachers and receive government insurance, but not all costs are covered by the insurance so MCK has stepped in to help.
Our lovely Sakia who has received help from MCK since November 2009 is back for more treatments. She will need radiotherapy soon for her leukemia so we wish her all the best.
Our friend Wahyu, who is ten years old greeted us with his big smile. He seems to have lost some weight since the last time we saw him. He is waiting to receive another cycle of chemo and radiation again. Stay strong and get well soon Wahyu!
Last but not least we met with Yosephine with her parents and brother. She’s almost three years old and comes all the way from the island of Nias. She will get a bone marrow puncture first and will then need a second blood transfusion to improve her condition so she can have another cycle of chemo. We hope Yosephine and her family will be able to return home soon.
We have heard good news about Edo and Evert. Their condition has improved so they were allowed to leave the hospital. Both are treated as outpatients now.
Before we left, the nurses in the Children’s Ward showed us the two new infusion pumps they were able to buy. The pumps are used when the children receive chemotherapy and are a big improvement for both patients and nurses. Both machines are already being fully utilized. A special thanks to Scott Thompson, who so generously donated the money to buy the new infusion pumps!