SOLIDARITY AND MEDICAL INTERVENTION HELP GIRL IN COMPLEX PELVIS CANCER TREATMENT
HM Hospitales established a multidisciplinary medical team that intervened in HM Nou Delfos and carries out follow-up in HM Nens
Israe, who is 10, was diagnosed with pelvic Ewing sarcoma and when faced with the impossibility of undergoing surgery in Morocco, her home country, her parents launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for treatment abroad.
Through the solidarity of key figures in Moroccan society and press involvement the fundraising exceeded the family’s expectations and reached its goal within just four months.
In this extraordinary operation, performed by Dr. Francisco Soldado, head of the Pediatric Orthopedic and Traumatology Surgery Service at HM Nens, Israe’s acetabulum was removed, the cancer cells that affected it were removed with liquid nitrogen, the bone was repositioned and a vascularized periosteal autotransplant was performed to regenerate the bone.
In Barcelona, June 23nd, 2021. it became evident that a crowdfunding campaign could save Israe’s life. The 10-year-old was diagnosed with pelvic cancer and since receiving the surgery in her home country was not an option and the elevated cost made receiving treatment abroad out of the question, her parents sought for help through crowdfunding and thanks to the solidarity of thousands of people from all over the world, they reached their target figure in an amazing four months. Israe was immediately referred to the International healthcare network at HM hospitales in Barcelona to receive this highly complex treatment.
Israe and her family’s life changed when last January, after numerous visits to the doctor and various diagnostic tests, they were told that she had pelvic Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that originates in the bones or in the soft tissues that surround them and that usually occurs in children and teenagers. Treatment is a highly complex surgical intervention to remove the tumor or eliminate cancer cells, but in Morocco, this type of treatment is not available.
Her parents, an example of strength, courage and bravery, decided to fight for their daughter’s life and began what they imagined would be a long battle to raise funds to finance travel and treatment abroad. They thought about different ways to achieve it that until Soylaiman Izaagague, Israe’s father, came up with the idea of launching a crowdfunding campaign which received a huge response of solidarity from around the world.
During the 4 months of the campaign, they received the involvement of the media and relevant people from the society of Morocco and the Arab world, who contributed by disseminating the initiative on their social networks and getting thousands of people from all over the world to collaborate in pursuit of the Israe’s goal: her life and her future.
Parallel to fundraising, Soylaiman and his wife, Ouafae El Khaili, began the search for a center with the necessary experience, infrastructure and technology to undertake the treatment and found HM Hospitales and Dr. Francisco Soldado, head of the Service of HM Nens Pediatric Orthopedics and Traumatology Surgery.
High complexity medicine
One of the characteristics that best defines HM Hospitales is the highly complex medical interventions that it carries out, thanks to the knowledge of its highly skilled professionals who are leaders in their specialities. This hospital group, through its hospitals in Barcelona HM Nens and HM Nou Delfos, is one of the few in the world that performs vascularized periosteal autotransplants that are used to rebuild complex bone problems, allowing damaged bones to regenerate and come back to life.
Dr. Soldado is internationally renown in his field and has extensive experience. Through a complex surgical intervention and in coordination with a large medical team, he has treated birth malformations such as club foot or hand, congenital pseudoarthrosis of the tibia (leg malformation caused by the breaking of the bone that fails to join and that in 50% of the cases ends in amputation) or thumbs (lack of the thumb of the hand), normalizing the childhood of many minors around the world.
Dr. Francisco Soldado explains that “when I found out about Israe’s case and I studied it, I realized that I could help her and that excited me, she is only 10 years old. It is an atypical case with complex reconstruction, but we could use the innovative surgical technique implanted by HM Hospitales, which are the only facilities in Spain able to perform it, and we told them to come”.
Israe and her family arrived in Barcelona at the beginning of April. Since then, HM Hospitales has accompanied her at all times and began her treatment through its healthcare network in Barcelona.
The Group has set up a multidisciplinary medical team made up of various specialists who work together to offer Israe comprehensive and personalized care. On April 10th, she underwent surgery at the HM Nou Delfos Hospital by Dr. Soldado. In the intervention, the part of the coxal bone (acetabulum and ischium) affected by cancer cells and, in whose cavity the femur’s head is located, was removed. The malignant cells were removed with liquid nitrogen and the bone was repositioned.
Subsequently, she underwent a vascularized periosteal autotransplant – a membrane that covers the bone and contains an abundance of stem cells – to ensure that, by joining the arteries and veins through microsurgery, the blood reaches the bone again, restoring it to life. After she was discharged from the hospital, Dr. Soldado is monitoring the patient at HM Nens and will soon begin chemotherapy treatment in Barcelona.
The territorial director of HM Hospitales in Barcelona, Dr. Joan Sala, explains that the case of Israe is “an example of the assistance that HM Hospitales offers and the care our patients receive wherever they come from. This patient came through our International Department, but this level of care and atention is available at all our facilities and people benefit from all our advanced technology and from our professionals, highly specialized in their respective fields”.
HM Hospitales has produced a video telling Israe’s story and her intervention with Dr. Soldado’s team.
HM Hospitales is the leading private hospital group at a national level that prioritize care excellence in addition to research, teaching, constant technological innovation and the publication of results.
Directed by doctors and with 100% Spanish assets, it currently has more than 5,000 workers who concentrate their efforts on offering quality and innovative medicine focused on health care and well-being of their patients and families.
HM Hospitales is composed by 42 healthcare centers: 16 hospitals, 4 comprehensive centers of high specialization in Oncology, Cardiology, Neurosciences and Fertility, as well as 22 polyclinics. All of them work in a coordinated manner to offer a comprehensive management according to the needs and requirements of their patients.
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