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Belgrade, 4 January 2014 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and
Kolevka Center “Cradle”
Kolevka Center is about 180 km north of Belgrade near the Hungarian border. There are over 100 boys and 80 girls who are permanent residents, and they all suffer from mild to sever mental disabilitites , nervous system anomalies, cardiac problems,
Spinal bifida and many other incurable ailments.
One of the single largest accomplishments of Lifeline Chicago was to deliver a transport van to the Kolevka Center.
Leskovac General Hospital
One of the hospitals Lifeline Chicago helped was Leskovac Hospital in Serbia. The goods Lifeline Chicago sent were deliverd in January 2012 to Leskovac General Hospital by HRH Crown Prince Aleksandar and HRH Princess Katherine. They also delivered toys to the children’s wing. The emergency room staff was most grateful to have the gurneys where previously there were none.
This decrepit mattress and broken stool are just a few of the reason why it is important to send hospital equipment whenever possible.
Dom Mosa Pijade Orphanage – Belgrade
Dr. Svetlana Basta the dentist for over 2,000 children only request was to receive pliers to pull the children’s teeth. Her dental chair was 30 years old and the sterilizing machine was 25 years old. Lifeline Chicago donated more than pliers, with a donation from Niles Rotary the whole dentist office was refurbished. A special thanks to Dr. Pete Grubnich and Dr. Christina Rudman for their donations of dental equipment.
Empty cupboards.. and and old sterilization machine. Many people went through this office promising to help but Lifeline Chicago came through and made a difference.
Miroslav Mika Antic Orphanage
Approximately 110 miles northwest of Belgrade sits the City of Sombor, near the Hungarian border. There 45 orphaned and abandoned children live in the Miroslav Mika Antic Home. One of the biggest projects Lifeline Chicago took on was remodeling the bathroom – funds from Flavors of Serbia event helped rebuild and restore a new bathroom for the children.
Zvecanska Orphanage – Belgrade
The Center for protection of Children and Youth houses on an average from 150-400 under privileged children newborns to age 10 years old. One of the first projects Lifeline Chicago did was to remodel one of the three staircases. The staircase is used daily by hundreds of young children and was a safety hazard with crumbling risers, chipped edges, wobbly railings and flaking paint were all a recipe for disaster. Now, not only is this a safe staircase, the kids call these stairs their happy stairs.
* First two photos bellow are before our visit
* On third photo, President Kathy Fanslow sitting on the new stairs with some of the children.
Zvecanska was in great need of some new chairs for the children. Lifeline Chicago received a donation from the St. Sava Circle of Serbian Sisters in Merrillville, Indiana. With the donation Lifeline was able to purchase 60 new colorful strong and safe chairs to replace the old dangerous ones used by the children daily.
The counter tops at Zvecanska were in desperate need of repair. The potential for accidents and injury was great, and the warped wood was a breeding ground for bacteria. Through generous donations to Lifeline Chicago, we were able to replace the counter tops on the third floor to give the facility a safe, clean environment for changing the bathing children.
Special delivery to Zvecanska for little Nada of an Ottobock stroller. This is the first time in her life that she was able to join her classmates on a field trip to the zoo because she had this wheelchair. This Ottobock keeps the child positioned while in motion or sitting. The footrest assembly is adjustable and there is a pelvic strap to increase the safety of the stroller. A back angle adjustment features allows caregivers to easily adjust the seating positions. All of these features combined translates into a new freedom and mobility that meets the special needs of many children at the Center, something they have been denied with “standard” mobility items.
Princess Katherine delivering the new Ottobock Stroller generously donated by Nada and David Stevens of Munster Indiana (picture 3 below)
Zvecanska is in need of 8 more of this type of stroller for other handicap children… for the stability of the heads, bodies, feet and legs.
TRH’s Crown Princess Katherine and Crown Prince Alexander with the mobile digital mammography van.
BREAST CANCER PROJECT
Serbia has the highest breast cancer mortality rate in Europe. Medical institutions lack necessary screening and diagnostic equipment. In cooperation with LIFELINE New York and the Ministry of Health of Serbia, we received a grant for digital mammography equipment that will be installed in a mobile van unit that will travel throughout Serbia. Forty additional mammography machines are needed to implement a screening program. At this time only 3 digital machines are located in Serbia. We need your help to complete this essential project.
CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE DEPARTMENT at the University Children’s Hospital in Belgrade.
Currently in Serbia there is no comprehensive center for congenital heart disease, specializing in the treatment of GUCH (Grown Up Congenital Heart) patients. We aim to establish a national center of high professional and ethical standards, based on the training and support of experienced cardiac surgeons, like Professor Afksendyios Kalangos and his team from Geneva, Switzerland. The goal includes becoming the regional GUCH center for Southeastern Europe. With that purpose, the new department was opened at the University Children’s Hospital in Belgrade. Through donations and immense support from Professor Kalangos, we were able to purchase the essential equipment. At this point we still need a fully equipped operating theater. The value of this project is €1 million.
SAFE DELIVERY PROJECT
This project was established in 2006 with the aim to continue the effort made in our previous project – the Modernization of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in Serbia during 2005 and 2006. The goal of the Safe Delivery Project is to modernize delivery rooms in hospitals in Serbia. In the last 15 years hospitals in Serbia faced a difficult situation caused by conflict and economic challenges. Due to a lack of proper equipment, expecting mothers and newborns are placed in jeopardy. Currently 15 maternity centers have been modernized due to Lifeline’s support, but 50 additional centers are in need of vital equipment.
BEDS FOR INTENSIVE CARE UNITS IN SERBIAN HOSPITALS
HRH Crown Princess Katherine presenting a donated bed to a hospital in Serbia.
|There is a critical need for new hospital beds in Serbia’s Intensive Care Units, the existing beds are between 10 and 20 years old. TriMedX, a healthcare equipment service corporation, donated a generous gift of 5,000 adult and pediatric beds to our cause.|
|In addition, Prentice Hospital of Northwestern University in Chicago made a donation of 60 refurbished beds. Transporting the medical equipment is a huge expense; a container that fits 40 beds costs $5,000. We have succeeded in shipping 300 beds, but there are still additional beds that are in stock. Lifeline needs your help to ship the remaining beds.|
CERVICAL CANCER PROJECT
After breast cancer, cervical cancer is the second leading cause of female malignancy in Serbia. In 2002, there were 1,089 new registered cases. Lifeline launched this project to build a Department for Prevention of Cervical Cancer in Serbia, at the Institute for Gynecology and Obstetrics, in the Clinical Center in Belgrade. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine is raising awareness, organizing and developing cervical cancer screening centers. A comprehensive centralized screening program for cervical cancer has never been implemented in Serbia until now. Lifeline Humanitarian Organization holds an annual charity fashion show in aid of this project. The budget for this project is € 200,000.
Call: 312-781-9300 to get involved today.
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