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Dino’s, pizza and chemo

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No one gives better lessons in mindfulness than children. That turned out to be once more in the first episode of the Heroes of the children’s hospital, young patients of the children’s hospital of the University Hospital of Antwerp.

For doctors and parents is dominated by anxiety, children live in the now. So was the twelve-year-old Freddy his kidney transplant yet but turn out bad at all: it was just so busy at school. Freddy …

For doctors and parents is dominated by anxiety, children live in the now. So was the twelve-year-old Freddy his kidney transplant yet but turn out bad at all: it was just so busy at school. Freddy had but one kidney is more and that functioned barely. His father’s leather jacket, babyblauwe pants and sunglasses – bath together with him to God for a good outcome of his kidney transplant. While Freddy was away for his surgery, we saw him play with his tablet – he looked like a teenager as there are many. But then came Freddy. “I wait all my life for this moment,” he said, his tears wegvegend in his bed. His mother and father took his hand and sang softly a song.

A toddler with leukemia
Equally gripping was the story of Finn, a toddler with leukemia that a new chemo had to get. We saw Finn while he had a bone marrow biopsy underwent just as well, while he played with his dino or sand castles built in his hospital room. While they saw him with nitrous oxide in a state of intoxication brought a nasty prick to soften, dreamed the nurse with Finn of pizza in Italy. His grandfather and dad promised a trip to sea. ‘With a motorbike on the dike to play”, suggested grandpa. When Finn with shivering voice replied that he was not electric it would take, but one where I have to pedal’, you couldn’t help but think: strong male.

Emokraan opened
Heroes of the children’s hospital records especially, there are between achtergrondgesprekjes with doctors and nurses. A pity that the creators could not restrain, and the emokraan arranged all the way open. The viewer really has no ballads with delicate violins or slowmotionbeelden need to live with a child with leukemia or a twelve-year-old shouts from the pain.

Even though the program title might suggest otherwise, Heroes of the children’s hospital has no burden of boasting where Topdokters today suffers from. There is no ‘topdokters’ who sit on to create that they have 120 hours of work in a week, but pediatricians and nursing staff who do everything for their young patients, especially not to remind them that they are sick. Who are the heroes of the children’s hospital, parents, doctors, or children, let this program in the middle. But brave they all are.

At the end of the episode if Finn home. “Pizza, is that allowed?’, he asked his mom. The if.

Heroes of the children’s hospital. Every Wednesday at 21.10 hours on VTM.

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