Ukrainian children’s hospital, short of supplies for young cancer patients, pleads for evacuation


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A Ukrainian children’s hospital in Chernihiv is advocating for the evacuation of its young cancer patients, as Russian forces surround the town, according to multiple reports.

At least 11 children are currently stuck in the oncology ward of the Chernihiv regional children’s hospital as food and medicine become increasingly scarce.

“We don’t know how long we have,” Serhiy Zosimenko, a charity worker who supports patients, their doctors and parents, told The Guardian. “Actually, we don’t know how to survive here, it’s unreal. We have no more resources.”

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Chernihiv Regional Children’s Hospital in Ukraine.
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The northern Ukrainian city, which has a population of about 285,000, lies about 70 km from the Belarusian border and is surrounded by the Russian army on all sides. It is under siege and two days ago a rocket hit about 200 meters from the hospital, according to reports.

Satellite image shows fire in warehouse "Epicenter K" and destroyed fields in Chernihiv, Ukraine, February 28, 2022. BLACKSKY/Handout via REUTERS

A satellite image shows a fire at the ‘Epicentr K’ warehouse and destroyed fields in Chernihiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. BLACKSKY/Handout via REUTERS

Other hospitals in Poland and Slovakia have agreed to continue treatment and waive fees for children, aged 2 to 15. But the only way out of town would be by helicopter.

Branches litter the street next to a damaged building after the ongoing hostilities of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Chernihiv on February 27, 2022 in this still image from social media video obtained on February 28, 2022 by Reuters.

Branches litter the street next to a damaged building after the ongoing hostilities of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Chernihiv on February 27, 2022 in this still image from social media video obtained on February 28, 2022 by Reuters.

“The problem is that we cannot evacuate the children from the ground. We can only evacuate them by air,” Zosimenko said. “All routes to our city are mined.”

At least one of the children has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while most of the other children are believed to be leukemia patients. Although local pharmacies and other stores donated to the hospital, Zosimenko said the items the children needed, including painkillers, were in short supply.

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“When people have cancer, they need a lot of painkillers, and we have a problem with morphine and other drugs,” Zosimenko said. “For example, Chernihiv Oncology Hospital, they only have eight ampoules of morphine or other painkillers.”

Sometimes children and people in hospital have been forced to seek shelter when air raid sirens sound. Conditions in the shelter are not ideal for preventing disease, so people slept on the first floor and ran whenever there was an airstrike, The Guardian reported.

“Everyone is tired, especially the medical staff, they didn’t sleep normally last week, just two or three hours,” Zosimenko said.

Holding on to hope, Zosimenko noted that hospital staff were working to keep the children’s spirits up and protect them from the conflict.

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“We covered them as much as possible,” he told the media. “They understand what’s going on, but they know they’re not alone.”


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