Fourth Stop: County Hospital
It is 8pm and now we are heading to our fourth stop, the COUNTY HOSPITAL at the Pediatric floor.
We parked close to the gate so the access will be easier to unload the boxes, and we notice numerous adults waiting outside. The guard informs us that these people are waiting to hear from their sick family member who is inside the hospital. They have walked for hours or have taken the buses from very far cities, and because there are no waiting rooms in the hospital or money for hotels, they have no other option but to wait outside. We take the elevator to the Pediatric level where the children are. We are so grateful that the personal and parents are welcoming us at such a late time in the evening.
A huge Christmas tree stands in the hallway. We sort out the toys according to age and gender. We couldn’t bring food because most of them have a special diet due to their conditions or illness. That night the age range of the children was from new born babies to 13 years old. Lucky were those who had parents by their side. All families were so grateful for what we brought. Children were smiling and hugging us. Then we were led to Oncology, where the children with cancer were. We made sure to wear the appropriate blue robe, cover our mouth and wash thoroughly our hands for the safety of the children. A bouncing 2-year-old baby took Claudia’s and the volunteers’ attention as he grabbed the little toy and smiled at us. He has a brain tumor and was due for surgery the following day. Each room was separated with glass walls and windows. Each child on his bed with a parent by its side. Different kinds of cancers with different hopes. The nurses were kind to let us share with them what we could. We are praying for the healing of all the children, their courageous family and all the staff that bring them comfort daily.