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Protecting little patients like Sara*2019-04-15T14:04:48+02:00

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Protecting little patients like Sara*  

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“I was first brought to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital via the Emergency Centre when I was just a 9-month old baby, fragile, vulnerable, underweight and with a persistent, wet cough. My mother was only 15 years old at the time and a drug addict. Besides receiving emergency medical attention to stabilise my condition, the social workers from the Child Protection Programme at the Hospital also initiated an investigation of statutory rape of my mother by my father, who was found to be a 28-year old gang member. An official police case was opened but it could not continue due to lack of co-operation from my drug- controlled mother and even my grandmother.

After four years of being abused by my drug-addicted mother, controlling, violent father and fearful grandmother, I am now back at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital receiving paediatric care for various injuries, gross negligence and treatment for possible drug addiction inflicted by my mother. The staff at the Hospital have been extremely caring and supportive and have now reported a case of gross negligence against my parents on my behalf. Fortunately, when I leave the Hospital, I will be placed in a Child and Youth Care Facility, and hopefully one day, I will try to understand why my mother did this to me.”

There are many other children like Sara* at the Hospital who are neglected, ill and abused. Support the Child Protection Programme at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital – everyone deserves the right to be protected and to be healed holistically, especially little patients who can’t fight for themselves.

*Name has been changed for privacy reasons

“There are many other children like Sara* at the Hospital who are neglected, ill and abused. Support the Child Protection Programme at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital – everyone deserves the right to be protected and to be healed holistically, especially little patients who can’t fight for themselves.”

Meet Sara  

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“I was first brought to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital via the Emergency Centre when I was just a 9-month old baby, fragile, vulnerable, underweight and with a persistent, wet cough. My mother was only 15 years old at the time and a drug addict. Besides receiving emergency medical attention to stabilise my condition, the social workers from the Child Protection Programme at the Hospital also initiated an investigation of statutory rape of my mother by my father, who was found to be a 28-year old gang member. An official police case was opened but it could not continue due to lack of co-operation from my drug- controlled mother and even my grandmother.

After four years of being abused by my drug-addicted mother, controlling, violent father and fearful grandmother, I am now back at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital receiving paediatric care for various injuries, gross negligence and treatment for possible drug addiction inflicted by my mother. The staff at the Hospital have been extremely caring and supportive and have now reported a case of gross negligence against my parents on my behalf. Fortunately, when I leave the Hospital, I will be placed in a Child and Youth Care Facility, and hopefully one day, I will try to understand why my mother did this to me.”

There are many other children like Sara* at the Hospital who are neglected, ill and abused. Support the Child Protection Programme at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital – everyone deserves the right to be protected and to be healed holistically, especially little patients who can’t fight for themselves.

*Name has been changed for privacy reasons

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