Behind each of our
heroes in 57357 there is a story of a real and tough battle against
cancer. These are all inspiring stories of endurance and determination where
their courage and fortitude together with god’s will are transforming the
hardship and illness into hope and joy.
Our hero, Salma is 12
years old, she is fighting lung and bone cancer. She was admitted to 57357 in
September 2019, with a cancer on the knee joint and severe pain that tied her
to a wheel chair.
Chatting with Salma’s
mother, she shared : we met with Dr. Ahmed Alghonaimy and he said that she
needs a surgery imperatively. I got scared and thought of the possibility
that she would not be able to walk again, but he reassured me and said that she
will be better after the surgery. He said that many children in 57357 went
through the surgery and returned to their normal life. I was so happy when they
told me that the operation was successful. She was able to stand on her legs
again. They told me that the joint would need to be changed every while to suit
her growing and development. 57357 is a blessing for us and our children.
challenge that Salma faces with bravery
recovery from the knee surgery, the follow up tests showed a tumor in the right
lung. Doctors decided that it had to be removed, and it was successfully
removed and Salma was treated with chemotherapy. Another tumor attacked
her left lung, but this time doctors decided not to remove it as it would be
contained by chemotherapy. Our heroin didn’t despair, she pursued her battle
and responded well to the treatment. Doctors decided admitting her for close
follow up of the left lung to go through surgery if needed. Thanks be to God,
Salma is stable now.
the beginning I was afraid to be staying in the Hospital, but soon enough I
found out how warm and loving all the staff was to me. They visited me in my
room if I weren’t feeling well. They encouraged me to draw and color and I had
many friends in the art therapy workshop, specially Ms. Amany who taught me to
express my feelings trough art. I also met captain Walid Azaro, Tamer Husny and
Carawan who used to sing for me in my room when I was not feeling well. Uncle
Ayman used to take nice pictures for me and he with Ms. Amany celebrated my
birthday in the workshop where I used to forget about my sickness.
When I grow up I
wish to become an interior designer, write stories and learn how to make
cartoon movies as I loved the Hospital’s cartoon ad and its designer, Amr Kamal
who visited me and promised to show me how to make similar cartoons. I love
57357 a lot and pray to God to grant me and my friends healing.
prayers for healing for Salma and all of our 57357 heroes
Thanks to Hospital
57357’s latest acquisition , the latest technology CT imaging equipment used in
bone surgeries, Salma’s and many of 57357’s children bone surgeries are
carried out with success. In 2019 a new equipment was added, explains Dr. Ahmed
Alghonaimy, 57357’s bone tumors surgery consultant, which is a three
dimensional CT equipment that is used in bones, disks and joints surgeries. It
contributes to surgery precision, reduces surgery time, and raises success rate
where it enables the doctor to see a three dimensional image during the
surgery, which help choosing the best route to access the tumor. It also helps
precise and complete tumor removal which gives better results and reduces
potential complications after the surgery. This equipment is considered the
latest imaging equipment.
Hospital 57357’s bone
tumors unit is considered the first center specialized in treating children
with bone cancer in Egypt and the Middle East. The surgeries are not restricted
to tumor removal, also includes compensation of the part of
the limb that has been affected by the surgery. Using latest technology enables
increased meticulousness in surgeries as children, being in their development
period, may need more than one surgery.