Meet 10-year old Jasmin. After several months of feeling unwell, Jasmin’s parents took her to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU) in Bangladesh. It was here, that the doctors diagnosed Jasmin with cancer in her leg. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread extensively and a cure was no longer possible. Whilst at hospital, Jasmin experienced a lot of pain, so was prescribed morphine.
Initially, Jasmin’s father was concerned that she would become addicted. However, the Palliative Care team at BSMMU explained to him that morphine is a safe form of pain relief. Jasmin was monitored closely for several days, until her parents requested for her to be allowed to come home, and to spend her final weeks close to her family.
Dr Megan Doherty cared for Jasmin in her final few weeks. “Instead of dying in hospital, afraid and anxious, Jasmin was able to go home surrounded by those who loved her the most”.
Unfortunately, many doctors and nurses in Bangladesh have a lack of understanding of the importance of palliative care for children with cancer, and other life-limiting conditions. World Child Cancer supports training for doctors and nurses in Bangladesh to ensure that more children like Jasmin can spend the last weeks of their lives at home, and without unnecessary pain.
There is a great reward for those who provide relief to a child suffering or in distress like Jasmin. Your donation of just £10 could help pay for two weeks-worth of pain relief for a child with cancer in Bangladesh.
Please donate today to help support children just like Jasmin across Bangladesh in their battle against cancer.