“It was another day at the clinic - a Friday. Everyone was upbeat, and the day had been calm so far. After lunch time, 5 emergencies arrived at the same time. My patient was a teen, 15 years old, but looked more like an adult. He had been waiting in the food line for 2 hours, and said he wasn't feeling well. When I first saw him he was pale but his vitals were fine. He opened his eyes and started to cry, and then closed them and kept them closed during much of our consultation. We were told he had a history of heart disease and so we did an ECG, but the ECG was normal. He looked healthy and the neurological exam was also normal. I gave him some water and he was able to swallow, but still didn't open his eyes and appeared to be sleeping. He was in this state for at least an hour and suddenly he woke up, very surprised, and he couldn't remember what had happened. Though our tests showed that he was physically as healthy as could be expected, life in Moria was clearly having a significant impact on him.
This young boy had had a long and hard journey with his mother and brother before their arrival in Lesvos. They were deported 4 times, and they walked through the mountains to get here.
I still think about this boy and about so many other boys and girls like him. We had a lot of similar cases last week at the clinic. This is very scary for the families, and even for us. I felt useless. All I, as a doctor, can give them right now is a space to talk and time to adjust.”
- some words from a Kitrinos Healthcare volunteer, November 2018.
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