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Highlight Clip of Everyday Emergency: The Hidden Costs of War

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In this snippet, Dr. Rajani breaks down the emotional toll of treating a little boy in a war-zone era who is unable to open his eyes as a result of delayed medical care.
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In this snippet, Dr. Rajani breaks down the emotional toll of treating a little boy in a war-zone era who is unable to open his eyes as a result of delayed medical care and the steps she took to treat him in an area in which civilians were unable to access proper medical care due to political unrest.
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the image of the little boy with his eyes clamped shut from infection, hits home just how difficult it is for these families to get medical care before arriving at the camp. It's hard to imagine being in the position of those parents having to helplessly watch their child become blind from infection. It was heartbreaking. I definitely had to hold back the tears when I saw that, that young boy, because not only do you feel bad for them in that moment, but also you conjure up in your mind this picture of everything that this family has been through for the previous few months on bond. Then my mind kind of goes off into thinking about how unfair it is, Andi, that these people have had to suffer so much as I described in in the piece of writing that his symptoms began with just read nous of the eyes, a little bit of discharge, quite sort of benign symptoms on bond. I'm sure if that happened to your child here, you would just take them to the GP and probably get some antibiotic eye drops, and that would probably cure it. But as you heard from the story. The family didn't have any access to health care where they came from. Andi. They weren't able to get any treatment for their child on board. So by the time he reached us, he was in a really, really bad state. And it was really quite shocking seeing this child had been previously healthy and well with glued down eyes not being upto open them and obvious discomfort. Andi, to think that this poor child like he must have been so scared, the fear that he must have felt, um, losing his sight and being in so much pain. Rarely have I been so affected by a patient it happens once in a while, but he'll definitely stick in my mind as one of those memorable, memorable cases. But it is an indication of how bad things were because you would imagine that that family would have done everything they could to have got out and get help for that for that child. So the fact that he had to deteriorate to that point, I think, is very indicative of the the severity of the situation in Hawija
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