To all my sickle cell warriors in other countries, my heart goes out to you. I know that we mostly talk about the care in the US, and I know that at times, the care in other places can be even more difficult than what we have over here. Wherever you are, whatever your struggle, know that you are not alone.
SIXTH sickle cell patient in just over two months has died at Salmaniya Medical Complex (BAHRAIN ), it emerged yesterday. The latest victim is 19-year-old Saudi Ahmed Yousif Al Jassim, who lived in Ma’ameer. He arrived at the Accident and Emergency Department at around 10am on Saturday, complaining of severe body pain, according to campaigners.
There were no beds available in the department, so he was admitted to Ward 44, said Bahrain Society for Sickle Cell Anaemia Patient Care chairman Zakareya Ebrahim Alkadhem.
“Doctors at the department said he needed to be admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU), but there was no bed available, so they shifted him to the ward,” said Mr Alkadhem.
“There was at that time no bed in the Resuscitation Room as well as the ICU.”
Mr Alkadhem claimed that Mr Al Jassim’s condition deteriorated rapidly and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was called for around 3pm and then again at 5pm.
“However, Mr Al Jassim passed away at around 5.30pm, when he failed to come out of the second CPR,” he said.
Read the full story HERE. This is so sad. It could have been prevented. We lost another one.