During my recent trip to Moria, I met a woman living in the ‘Olive Grove’ section of the camp. A mother of five, she was still breastfeeding one of her children. She had several lumps over her body, one of which was under her arm: a ‘red flag’, as it can indicate cancer. We performed an ultrasound in the clinic and referred her to a specialist.
As in the UK, we implement a maximum two-week period from when an issue is presented to us to diagnosis. It is extremely important to us that our refugee patients receive the same kind of high-quality care as patients receive in the UK.
KH Founder & Director Dr. Siyana Shaffi with a woman and her young child living in Moria Camp, 2020.
A woman living in Moria came to the clinic in tears as her young son, who had an ‘undescended testicle’ (cryptorchidism), had started to find blood in his urine - a possible sign of cancer. Being a doctor herself, the mother was understandably extremely worried: cryptorchidism can drastically increase the risk of testicular cancer. Because of this, children in the UK are usually operated on when they’re babies, but this child had not had the operation in his home country. We performed an ultrasound to determine the cause, and it was good news: the cause of the young boy’s bleeding and pain was kidney stones, not cancer. We were able to reassure his mother and to help relieve her stress, we taught her ‘TTT’ (trauma tapping technique).
More info can be found on TTT here.
I also met this sweet little girl, who had an inguinal hernia which may have existed since birth. This would usually be operated on before the age of one or two, but she hadn’t had the operation in her home country. While we don’t currently have the expertise to perform this kind of operation, we did perform an ultrasound and were able to reassure the young patient’s mother that the problem was not urgent.
- Dr. Siyana Mahroof-Shaffi, Founder & Director of Kitrinos Healthcare.