The direct benefits of donating…
This morning, the Cœur de Gazelles team sets up under a cloudy sky in the premises of the small Essifa school, renovated in 2018 by the participants of the Cap Fémina Aventure during their ‘social action’ day. The street quickly fills up as patients flock to the temporary clinic. The medical team is overwhelmed with work, but their faces are filled with joy: they are happiest when they feel really useful.
As the morning progresses, the doctors call on the services of the donations unit. Thanks to the Gazelles and the caravan’s sponsor, Volkswagen Véhicules Utilitaires, several wheelchairs were collected for this year’s caravan. These wheelchairs are of enormous importance because people with reduced mobility are an added burden on their families. A wheelchair is the best way for them to break their isolation and regain a measure of autonomy.
Today, several patients are given wheelchairs. These include little Saïd, aged 9, who has had cerebral palsy since birth. Saïd was given a wheelchair donated by the parents of a child with a similar disability. It is a huge relief for his mother, who has carried Saïd on her back constantly since his birth, and a real pleasure for the donations team to see the smile on her face.
Hamid, 80, was brought directly by Marina, president of Cœur de Gazelles. As his family had no means of transporting him, he was provided with a wheelchair to allow him to visit the caravan.
After a complete examination, the doctors diagnose a polyarthralgia, i.e. multiple joint pains. His blood pressure is very high (26) and is immediately treated to reduce the risk of a stroke, which is relatively high at his age.
Hamid feels better after taking the medication, and even asks to exchange his wheelchair for a walker because he prefers to retain a measure of autonomy by walking.
The importance of the dermatology unit
Ilham, head of the dermatology unit, detects a potential case of cancer. Baha, aged 72, a former farmer, has come for a consultation because of a large lesion on the outside of his right arm.
The lesion, which appeared about 1 ½ years ago, is continuing spreading and is beginning to worry him. Ilham immediately examines the patient: the lesion presents specific signs of squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer of the skin. The patient is then sent to Noura, in charge of patient follow-up, who arranges for his transfer to the hospital for a more in-depth examination. Baha will require surgery to remove the lesion and eliminate the potential cancer.