When Children Die: Horrors of a children’s hospital

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Nov. 23, 2012 00:02
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Ukraine’s main state children’s hospital is Okhmatdyt ­— short for Okhorona Materi I Dytyny (Protection of Mother and Child). While successfully treating thousands of children each year, critics say the hospital epitomizes the shortcomings of the nation’s medical practices: poor treatment, equipment and attitudes.
Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin

Everywhere one looks, misery and pain are evident. There is a stretcher in the corridor, with a boy lying on it, about 12 years old. Even through the thick layer of bandages, the tibia and fibula on his right leg look like they will have to be reconstructed. The rest of the tissues are swollen, and the bandage is soaked with blood that keeps oozing out, saturating the gray sheet underneath. He’s awake and moaning, and it’s clear that there is no anesthetic involved.

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