“I wish I could get well soon so I can go home to school with my friends,” Ha Nhi, 13, wrote on paper, asking the doctor to send Santa Claus.
Nhi is being treated for blood cancer at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion. I’m waiting for Santa Claus to deliver my dream gift. This year, I don’t need toys, nice clothes … The gift I look forward to is “health”. This is also what many children who are being treated at the Central Institute of Hematology – Blood Transfusion, desire.
Talking about Christmas night in Vinh Phuc for the children and everyone in the same room to listen to, Nhi’s eyes lit up with her happy childhood memories.
“The church in my hometown is very beautiful. I like to be with everyone to pray to God, hoping to be blessed,” said little Nhi.
Mother Nhi said she found out that she was sick when she had lymph nodes and bruises on her hands. Nhi started to be hospitalized for chemotherapy since the beginning of October, still does not know what illness she is.
“My hair is starting to fall out. Seeing everyone in the room losing hair, I don’t have any questions”, Nhi said.
Like many Catholic families, the family also celebrates Christmas every year. This year, she had to spend Christmas at the hospital, wanting to quickly recover from illness so that she could go home to school. Wearing a red Christmas hat to cover her bald head, Nhi said: “I feel prettier with the hat on, tomorrow I get better and I will go home to school.”
Pediatric has just undergone two chemical transfusions, unable to accurately assess the disease status. The doctors said that she had to continue treatment, but Nhi always believed and thought that ‘tomorrow she will be discharged from the hospital’.
Like Nhi and Duc, 10 years old in Nam Dinh this year, he cannot celebrate Christmas in his hometown because he is still being treated at the Institute.
Ms. Lan, the baby’s mother, confided that the mother and daughter’s hospital journey has been going on for 7 years, starting when the baby was 3 years old. From district and provincial hospitals to recently, the Central Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, whenever a child has pain, he or she goes to the hospital and gets well again. Duc often has anemia, platelets increase so it is easy to fatigue and often suffer from pain in the bones and joints.
Lan’s family has 3 children, Duc is the youngest, the couple are both a construction assistant with a precarious salary and very little, taking their children to the hospital, so they have to run everywhere.
“Every time the mother and daughter go to the hospital, it is equal to our monthly salary as a construction worker,” Lan said.
Continuously going to the hospital makes German learning more or less affected, but the 10-year-old boy is still trying to keep up with the classes in class, taking advantage of healthy times to do his homework at the Institute.
Duc misses the past Christmas at home, is decorated with pine trees with everyone and wakes up to celebrate Christmas. His homeland is also a locality with many churches and Christian families. Every year, everyone celebrates Christmas very happy and bustling. When asked about his wish for Christmas Eve, Duc smiled shyly: “I wish Santa Claus would get me well, let me go home for Christmas.”
Most of the babies treated at the Institute are those with blood diseases, including congenital hemolysis, hemophilia, blood cancer … Doctors said that blood cancer is a serious disease, but with In the development of modern science there will be treatments to help the child prolong life. There are cases where the drug response is very good, and can return to school, back to life as usual.
The child’s name has been changed