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Refugee Toddler Dies After Being Denied Treatment

A Syrian toddler has died after being refused treatment multiple times from Lebanese hospitals reports Zaman al-Wasl.
Refugee Toddler Dies After Being Denied Treatment

A Syrian refugee toddler has died after five hospitals in the Lebanese Hermel distrcit refused her admittance, her father told Zaman al-Wasl Friday. 

The 14-month-old Fatima al-Bakkar suffered from high blood sugar and low blood pressure as well as other medical complications. 

Fatima’s father, Kheder al-Bakkar, said medics in the Governmental Hermel Hospital barely examined her and refused to take her in. Then, the family took Fatima to al-Asi Hospital, then to Dar al-Amal, al-Hikma Hospital and al-Murtadha, all of which refused to admit Fatima, saying that either there is no room or no blood plasma bags. 

“That went on until my child girl lost her life… I begged them to give her a bed, but everyone refused, I went back to al-Asi and asked them to provide her with blood so I can take her to Syria, but they also refused. No-one has shown me any humanity, not even out of courtesy for my dead daughter. She died … with not even a bed to contain her pain,” the father said.

The Mediterranean country of around 4.5 million people says it hosts some 1.5 million Syrians, of which nearly a million are UN-registered refugees.

Eight years of war in Syria has killed 560,000 people and driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, including more than 6 million as refugees to neighboring countries.


This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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