Posts Tagged ‘Cipto Hospital’

Women from the British Women Association and students from the British School Jakarta enjoying cuddling the premature babies at Cipto hospital in Jakarta.


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Baby Muhammad Zafran Rafisqy had internal bleeding and a swollen left leg
when he was one month old.  He was urgently admitted into the NeoNatal
ward at Cipto hospital in Jakarta. The doctors fought desperately to stop
the bleeding and Mary’s Cancer Kiddies were able to step in and cover all
his medical costs that were not covered by BPSJ (Government sponsored

This is Baby Zafran now at 5 months old -the swelling in his leg has gone
down and his condition is good.  Hopefully he’ll be able to go home soon.

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MCK recently donated baby-scales to the Neo-natal ward at RS Cipto
Hospital.  Pictured below are nurses using the scales to measure and weigh a
premature baby.

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Mary’s Cancer Kiddies were able to buy 15 examinations tables (mega-mega periksa) for the children’s polyklinic at the new children’s wing, called Kiara Building, at RS Cipto. MCK would like to thank the American Women’s Association Jakarta and British School Jakarta for their generous contributions towards the tables.

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Last week MCK volunteer Sarah introduced Asli to Cipto Hospital. Asli came to know of MCK through Scott’s amazing Running Bali to Jakarta campaign and wanted to see for herself how the donations that are being made to MCK are used.

We started our visit at the ever busy polyclinic – or outpatients department. The polyclinic sees over 70 children a day and is always overcrowded. It is heartbreaking to see the children suffering as they wait for their consultations, yet it is good to know that these children are receiving solid medical care. So many families in Indonesia avoid hospitals for reasons of fear or finance, and often they come too late.

One of the patients waiting for the results of blood tests was Nani, our 14 year old friend who had her leg removed earlier this year due to cancer. Nani is now waiting for her third round of chemotherapy and up until now things seemed to be going great, however her body is taking longer to recover from the previous chemotherapy. Nani is receiving blood tests every day until the results show that she is ready for her next round of treatment. Because of the daily visits, Nani is staying at the wonderful Rumah Kita II house nearby – a homestay for children and a family member who either cannot withstand the travelling to and from the hospital or who simply cannot afford it.


Nani was accompanied by her mum and was in good spirits today, despite her poorly condition. Keep strong Nani, and keep fighting.

After the polyclinic we paid a quick visit to the ER department to see some of Dr Endang and Dr Karyanti’s patients who do not yet have beds on the main wards. The ER was very busy and as such spent a few short minutes talking to the doctor on call. He seemed worried about a young child with dengue fever who had arrived that day.

On the neo-natal ward Dr Rina escorted Asli and Sarah to meet some of the babies that are being helped by MCK. Dr Rina explained the Jamkesdal system of insurance which is a fairly new initiative. The Indonesian government now pays for all women to have their babies at a hospital, if they so wish, and will cover the first 28 days of medical costs if needed. This has taken quite a strain off the neo-natal department and has meant that MCK spending is now being directed to babies with more long-term illnesses. We visited again with the last set of conjoined twins at the hospital, two boys joined at the waist down. The doctors were due to meet the next day to discuss whether or not separation is viable.

To all the children and babies, we wish you all much love and luck on your road to recovery.

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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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Accompanying MCK volunteers Inge and Sarah to Cipto today was Cilla, from the British Women’s Association. We were delighted to show Cilla first hand how their valuable donation is used at the hospital.

On our visit to the Cancer Ward we met with Dr Endang, who showed us the new playground that has been built within the temporary hospital ward for children with non-infectious diseases to enjoy. This fantastic playground area was sponsored by an Indonesian company based in Jakarta.

New playground


Dr Endang updated us on how Nani (14 years old) is doing. At our last visit Nani had undergone many tests to establish the stage of the cancer in her leg. At a meeting on Monday of this week, it was decided that the tumour is now too big and that Nani must have her leg amputated. A heartbreaking outcome for Nani, but a necessary one, to stop the cancer from spreading further. After the operation, which is yet to be scheduled, Nani may receive chemotherapy. From everyone at MCK, we wish Nani all the very best for her forthcoming operation, and hope that we will meet one another soon.

Dr Endang also showed to us a very quiet out-patients clinic today – or so we thought. Many patients were having tests completed across the hospital and the nurses and doctors were waiting for them all to return. This outpatient clinic for children sees over 70 patients a day!

We also visited the Neo-natal ward today and were extremely privileged to meet the newly separated conjoined twins! The twins were in their own incubators in an isolation ward so we were able to see them from afar. The doctors reported that the operation was extremely successful, and although one twin has a problem with the heart, their prognosis is very good. We also met with the conjoined twins that arrived at the hospital just after our last visit. We were unable to take pictures at this time, a shame because words cannot describe how strong, healthy and happy the twins look. We wait on news from the ward regarding these babies.

On the special care ward we met with Ny Arianti who has a blockage somewhere in her intestines – a difficult case for the doctors as the baby has already had one operation to resolve the problem and it looks like more will come. And Ny Alif, with thyroid problems as such a young age. This little one was very distressed today and because of a tracheotomy cannot be given a pacifier to help him soothe. We wish both babies lots and lots of love and hope that their conditions improve very, very soon.

Our next visit to RS Cipto will be after the New Year, so we wish everyone on the wards, the doctors and nurses, the children and their families, a peaceful holiday period.



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