Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico

by Manos Unidas por Coatzacoalcos A.C.
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Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico
Play center for 80 children with cancer in Mexico

After almost a whole year of battling through a pandemic, christmas was there to make up for the loss and the hard times, but the pandemic was not over.

Our team worked so hard last year to make sure that the spaces where the kids and their families hang out at the hospitals were safe and free of any danger, by keeping the spaces in the clinic sanitized we assured a safe spacewhere the kids could scape their illness and play.

With christmas getting closer and closer, we started wondering how were we gonna do our annual celebration without any risks of the kids getting sick. Every year we take gifts from the community, families and department stores, and we bring volunteers from local schools to meet the ill children and spend some quality time with them  before christmas. We always invite Santa to come say hi to them, and they are always so happy to see him. This year, bringing people from outside could put our children in danger.

As usual, we collected the gifts donated from the store and some families, and invited Santa to come along. He was our only guest this year, but the children were as happy as they always are when they see him walking in with his big red coat holding a big bag of christmas gift for them.

It was hard not to get emotional right there, seeing these kids going through this horrible disease, in the middle of a horrible pandemic and there they  were smiling at Santa and telling him their wishes.

Outside of that room there's a city where people dying alone during the holidays from a horrible virus, but inside that room at that very moment there was only joy and the magic of Santa was real. 

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These last three months have been really crazy at the hospital. The pandemic has affected the way the kids take their treatment and do their regulars visits, but that has not stopped us from making sure they enjoy their time there as much as they can.

With this playcenter, we have always provided the kids with a safe space where they can learn, play and do things that kids do, It's really important for them to take a time off to forget about needles, painful medicines, and sad times. So for us it's really important thatthey don't lose that and continue to play and learn even during the pandemic. We are grateful for the fact that none of the kids or staff in the area have tested positve to Covid-19.

We continue to donate masks, sanitizer,and everything they need to keep the clinic clean and safe. Also, the doctors and nurses received special gowns and equipment, they need them to stay safe from the virus. Also, we are doing a thing the kids love, where they get to take their favorite toy, or game home and keep it for a week. after a week, when they return to the hospital, they can trade it in for a another one. 

We can't forget that Cancer really is hard thing to go through, these kids are supposed to be going to school, having fun with their friends, pretending to be superheroes, or princesses, or austranauts. For a kid, imagination is the most important thing, and playing is their way of learning. We have to make sure that they don't lose that, plus a healthy mind is a lot more likely to surivive this disease, so for us, its important to make sure these children's minds are as healthy as posible. 

Thank you all for your support, We are facing a lot of challenges,but we stand strong and grateful with everyone!

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Even during this hard time, we keep on working with our patients to help them overcome their Cancer while making sure they're staying safe from COVID-19.

Before the pandemic started, one of the girls was continueing to teach the knitting classes where the kids and their parents were making dolls and clothes. But now they are all spending less time at the hospital, so everyone took their materials and finished their work at home. 

But whenever they are at the hospital it is our job to make sure that they have what they need to be protected. We have donated face masks, hand sanitizer, plastic masks, patient gowns and cleaning products to keep the rooms clean and desinfected. By doing this we have kept our children with no Coronavirus Cases.

Social distancing is important even in the hospital, so we have been bringing toys to the their own beds to avoid gatherings at play room.

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knitting classes
knitting classes
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It is a pleasure for us to tell you a little about the activities that our patients and their parents can do during their stay in the hospital.
One of them is the knitting classe in the craft workshops which has been done with great success, so much that even dads have been interested in learning and investing their time to create dolls or clothes
The best thing is that in the beginning the patients learned to weave with a teacher, now are the patients who teach to weave to parents, new patients, or even nurses which has been very beneficial for them, since they learn, they are distracted and they spend nice moments while developing new talents.
During hospital stays it is important to stay active, participate in events and follow the traditions that take place throughout the year.
Together with recreation during the treatment process of a child with cancer, psychological attention is needed from both the child and the family
Psychological therapies are performed with the use of techniques that allow all family members to accept the disease and avoid phases of impact that the diagnosis of cancer.
Other activities that children and parents do is watch movies, draw, paint, and do homework for those who need it with the assistance of professionals.
While this project will be closed on the platform only, we will open another to continue updating the activities that children and young people have during their hospital visits.
Learning from a patient
Learning from a patient
Dads spend time learning a talent
Dads spend time learning a talent
Mom enjoy while learn
Mom enjoy while learn
seeing and learning
seeing and learning
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Playing during the wait
Playing during the wait

  

Hello, friends, in this report I will talk about the dynamics of visits of a child patient with cancer to the hospital, children with leukemia have a protocol of 120 weekly sessions, outpatient chemotherapy or hospitalization for longer chemotherapy, sometimes injections or pills When they are diagnosed they start with an induction stage, to continue later with the chemotherapy sessions. At this stage the patient arrives at the clinic and goes to the laboratory for a sample taking and if the results are favorable they can receive their chemotherapy, if the results are not as expected then the patient leaves and returns the following week, they can average be about 3 years, however if they have a relapse then the treatment starts from scratch ... other patients reach the latest chemotherapy, after several long years to ... have a relapse and start again in the best of the cases, in the worst scenario the patient dies, the relapses are usually during hospital chemotherapies.

That is why it is very important the part of psychological support, in which the patient or parents can express their concerns, their doubts or fatigue, they are aware of their disease and many are for many years in treatment.

But very important is the part of the distraction during your stay in ambulatory or hospitalization or during the wait. Television, music, movies, books, games are faithful companions throughout their process.

Today again I ask for your support to provide them with permanent elements of entertainment and make the hospital stay more bearable to them.

Thanks so much for your support

Moi and Eunice
Moi and Eunice
Ambulatory chemotherapy
Ambulatory chemotherapy
Hospitalization area with joyful patterns
Hospitalization area with joyful patterns
Ambulatory chemotherapy Area
Ambulatory chemotherapy Area
Hospitalization area with joyful patterns
Hospitalization area with joyful patterns
Entrance to procedures area
Entrance to procedures area
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Manos Unidas por Coatzacoalcos A.C.

Location: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz - Mexico
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Laura Beatriz Ambrosio Fernández
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz Mexico
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