7 young patients from Ukraine have been received in Belgian hospitals

A first convoy of seven patients from Ukraine arrived in Belgium on Friday, at the military airport of Melsbroek, indicates the FPS Public Health. The purpose of this medical evacuation, the result of cooperation between several partners, is to offer these people appropriate medical treatment.

These are young patients, aged 2 to 17, suffering from blood cancers such as leukemia or solid tumors such as brain tumours. They and their relatives arrived in Belgium via Lviv (Ukraine) and then Poland, where a specific hospital for children with cancer fleeing the fighting was set up to coordinate the evacuation to the various European countries.

The flight, organized by B-FAST, carried a team of paediatricians, nurses and translators.

Distributed in different specialized centers

When they arrived in Belgium, the patients were taken to the Queen Astrid Military Hospital in Neder-Over-Heembeek, where a reception platform was installed. The children were re-examined there by a medical specialist and the Immigration Office proceeded to register them. They were then distributed among different specialized centers in Belgium.

Relatives are accommodated by Fedasil in municipalities close to treating hospitals. The European Commission contributes financially up to 75% of transport costs and is in charge of coordinating medical evacuations.

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