In serious condition, intubated, the 16-year-old who was wounded by a bullet in the head during a police chase is still hospitalized in ICU at Hippocrates Hospital in Thessaloniki.
In the meantime, after the incidents that took place last night in Hippocrates, on the occasion of the injury of the young Roma, directors of two Clinics appeal for reason to prevail and not to repeat the incidents that jeopardized the operation of the Hospital during yesterday’s duty.
The director of the Children’s Surgery Clinic of Hippocrate, Giorgos Tsikopoulos, citing his special relationship with the Roma population, appealed for reason to prevail and not to repeat the episodes. “I have a special relationship with the Roma population. I have been operating in this Hospital for 40 years. I have operated on many children with tumors, with inflammations, difficult cases, and I have an excellent relationship with them. To those who are listening to me right now and sending me their thanks, I appeal to reason. Yes, we understand their pain, we understand that there is a child who is having fun, but the reactions should be in the context of decorum, not to escape. Our Hospital is a tertiary hospital, it treats kidney patients, it treats transplant patients, it is a Covid center. Therefore we cannot destroy it. Yes, understanding, but on the other hand we are asking for a worldly reaction. We also understand the pain, we understand everything”, noted Mr. Tsikopoulos.
The director of the First Pediatric Clinic in Hippocrates, Dimitris Zafiriou reported that for the first time in the annals of the hospital, sad events like yesterday occurred, which jeopardized the operation of the Hospital. “In Paediatrics, the little patients were very scared with the bangs and noises. We had episodes inside the Clinic, the parents could not come to visit the children, the Hospital on duty could not receive patients who needed treatment, because they were afraid of all that was happening”, said Mr. Zafiriou and added : “I think that any protest should be held in another place and not outside and possibly inside a public hospital.”
He also noted that he was informed that during the night some people remained inside the Hospital and added: “You understand that this instills fear in all people, even to the doctors, who have to move blood, give tests, take care of people who are from the Intensive Care Unit to the Pathological Pediatric Clinics. And of course that causes a huge dysfunction, but the bottom line is that it puts the patients themselves at risk, it takes away the concept of the hospital as we know it. No one can go to hospital. Yesterday, if you were sick you couldn’t go to the Hospital with all that you were hearing and if you hadn’t heard it, coming near you would get up and immediately turn around, and that’s really sad.”
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