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Today MCK friends Scott and Zack visited Cipto Hospital with volunteers Inge and Sarah for another successful visit. As you may well know, Scott is planning to run from Bali to Jakarta in just seven weeks and counting. He wanted the opportunity to meet again with the children that he is competing this epic run for.

A glimpse of Scott and Inge

 

We began the visit in the ever-crowded polyclinic where many children were waiting to see their doctors for outpatient treatment. We chatted briefly to a family whose little girl, bravely fighting Leukemia, was due to receive a consultation with Dr Endang. Another little boy, fast asleep in his mum’s arms, was waiting to see his doctor about the seizures that he has recently been having. All of the children waiting were so well behaved in a crowded, busy environment – a big thumbs up to them all from the MCK visitors today.

 

Dr Karyanti is our doctor for the children with infectious diseases at Cipto. She spent a lot of time with us this morning and was able to show us the ER room, where she has eight patients waiting for beds on her ward, and also the ward itself. We met a 3 year old girl who is waiting for a CT scan. The doctors initially suspected TB or meningitis, however it looks increasingly likely that the little girl is suffering from a congenital condition that must be investigated. MCK will pay for the CT scan so that this little one can be diagnosed and treated. Good luck, our thoughts are with you.

 

On the cancer ward we had a great time waving to Alzena. MCK volunteers have met with 3 year old Alzena before. Today she was receiving her chemotherapy, hence why we were waving from the corridor rather than chatting with her. Alzena has a neuroblastoma at Stage IV. She was happily jigging around on her bed, waving and smiling at Scott as received her treatment. We all left the ward uplifted by the spirit of this little girl, but also saddened that her condition is advanced, and that she has had to suffer so much at such a young age.

Alzena pulling a cute face to us

 

News from the Neonatal ward today is mixed. We were delighted to hear that the five babies brought to our attention as special cases in December are all recovering well and have gone home. This includes Ny Alif who suffers from thyroid problems. The conjoined twins who were separated in December have also gone hope to continue their recovery. Fantastic news for all the babies and their families, good luck and keep fighting!

 

We were deeply saddened to hear that the twins joined at the head have passed away. Our thoughts are with their family.

 

During today’s visit we met yet two more sets of conjoined twins, at one week old and two hours old! The assessment of the week-old twins is still being completed but it looks likely that they share too many internal organs to be separated. We hope for news of the two hour-old twins on our next visit. We also met a real fighter, a little boy born at twenty-five weeks weighing just 850g. The doctors are very happy with the small progress he is making and believe his prognosis to be good.

 

More news in a couple of weeks time when we will visit the wards again.

 

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