Prematurely born children are so impatient that they come to this world earlier than their lungs are fully developed and before their hearts start beating stable. It is vital to constantly keep an eye on the pulse and the breathing of the prematurely born child. There are also many pathologies, of which there is a chronic lack of oxygen in the blood – hypoxia. For the monitoring and maintenance of vital functions of the body – breathing and heart beating of small patients, there is a specific medical device – a pulse oximeter.
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The parents of this girl hoped that a miracle would happen, and the vice in her heart would eventually disappear. However, a miracle did not happen, and 6-year-old Vika still lives with congenital defects – an open arterial duct and an open oval window. Doctors sound alarmed because they urgently need to be treated with an occluder and a spiral, and his parents should buy it themselves. However, the price of the implants is extremely large for the family.
Every day Central Regional Hospital in Kolomyia helps about 500 people, but nowadays it itself needs help. 40 sets of bedclothes are necessary for urologic and cardiological departments of CRH. Our state doesn't give money for such important things, and all money from hospital budget was spent for cosmetic repairs, that's why such essential moment for patients' comfort wasn't noticed.
What is the beginning of our morning and what is the end of our day? Of course, it is a hygienic procedure. All the means that accompany this process are so common to us that we sometimes do not notice their existence and do not really think about where to get the money to come to our house. However, not all purchases of essential goods, which, of course, include hygiene products, are so simple. These are mothers with children who have suffered from domestic violence and found temporary shelter in a Center for Social Assistance "New Life" in Khmelnytsky.
For over 15 years, the Khmelnytsky Regional Charitable Foundation "Caritas" helps families with children in difficult times, the families with many children who are under the poverty line, orphans and half-children, children deprived of parental care who lack the funds for the most elemental, it would seem, things. Such things can also be hygiene, which is habitual and routine for each of us, and without which we do not imagine our lives. This is a basic necessity.
Do you remember how thrilled you were as a child when you received a gift? That was the feeling of being loved, of being taken care of. Children who have cancer are often deprived of such cute little gifts and feelings. Money is spent for treatment. And if the medicines are available at the hospital, the resources are still accumulated because the family is afraid that they might need them for something vital.
Problems began at boy’s birth. Stepan was pressed, resulting in damage to the head. The baby immediately had a hard hepatitis – severe damage to the central nervous system. Then the boy was resuscitated because of the high bilirubin in his blood. The parents then did not know that the problem was for whole lifetime of the child.
“You are lucky; several years ago all people having such diagnosis were doomed. You have all chances!” chemotherapeutic said to Oksana. She knows it herself. Before Oksana started to take medicines her state was quickly becoming worse and worse: the pains, wasting and despair made the end of her life nearer… But one correct doctor’s prescription and support of the people changed everything. Oksana takes medicines for the third year already. And she is alive for the third year. This miracle is performed by you.
Artemko, along with his parents, is constantly fighting for the right to be healthy. The diagnosis of cerebral palsy required a lot of moral and material efforts. Massages, intensive care, exercise therapy, medical treatment, hippotherapy, swimming, classes with a speech therapist and a psychologist, a great desire, hard work every day gave an excellent result – he can eat and drink himself, partly dress and take small steps while holding his mother's hand.
Orphan is the word from which the heart is shaking. Orphan is always a loneliness, a feeling of abandonment, inferiority, a feeling of not being a separate, unique personality, and one of... It's when there is no one to lean on and whom to trust. This uncertainty, the fear "And what will happen next", confusion and despair after the boarding house closed when the life of the "commune" when they said what to do and how to do when everything was decided for you - everything was left behind... How to live next? Who will support and prompt you?!