Due to the fact that there is only 1 remaining doctor specialized in cardiac neonatal and pediatric surgery operating in Lebanon, we have launched serious discussions with the “Centre Hospitalier Universitaire”: Marie Lannelongue Le Plessis Robinson, Dr.Zoghbi via Dr. Bechara Asmar the objective of these discussions is to have both hospitals send a team of specialists couple of times a year to conduct a massive campaign of pediatrics heart surgeries at the BQGH = Quarantina
Hospitalization is never easy, especially when it comes to a child. It is necessary to listen to the child, prepare him in words that are suitable to his age and maturity, and help him express his pain when he can’t elaborate his feelings. Art therapy and other artistic activities could be introduced to help the child dream, hope, and hopefully ease his pain and his anxiety.
Parents of hospitalized children could also benefit from a psychological support program so they remain strong and can guide their child through this difficult phase.
ASSAMEH Birth and Beyond has handled very extreme and rare cases throughout the years of operation. To share these case studies with the next generation of doctors, regular conventions are set up with the University of Balamad to discuss, share and learn.
In order for the students to have first hand experience, medical students from the University of Balamand and the Lebanese University visit the hospital on a regular basis to observe the work being done.
In addition, the doctors that operate at the Carlos Slim Center for Children are general surgeons and when in need of specialists there is a partnership with St. Georges Hospital.
Every child is born with not only a physical dependency but a psychological reliance on his environment and his caretakers. Studies show how an early and/or sudden mother-baby separation could affect the child and even cause mental regression and severe symptoms that could progressively develop due to this emotional deprivation. This abandoned child, relies on being loved, touched, spoken to, and held to acquire a sense of existence.
More and more studies reveal the risk of psychological repercussions on preterm babies, such as anxiety disorders, behavior disorders and learning difficulties. All of which reinforce the importance of receiving psychological support during this critical period. This child who embarked on life while flirting with death has to establish a bond between our world and his to evolve. This child should be comforted by a warm voice that helps them focus on something other than the loud machines. As for the parents of these children, working on the mother-child bond is essential. To assist the mother during this premature separation, it is important to respect her pace and let her create a bond with her baby however and whenever she is ready and help her ease the guilt of not being able to take her baby home