US hospital welcomes first Ukrainian children with cancer

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Four Ukrainian children with cancer and their families arrived at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, on Tuesday, marking the first hospital in the United States to receive Ukrainian patients, officials said.

According to St. Jude, the families traveled on a US government medical transport plane from Krakow, Poland. According to the video provided by St. Jude, some of the children were holding white unicorn stuffed animals and Ukrainian flags as they entered the hospital.

“Our promise to children with catastrophic illnesses extends around the world, and we are honored to play a role in helping these families get to safety to continue their children’s treatment,” said President and CEO. St. Jude executive James R. Downing in a statement.

More than 400 Ukrainian children with cancer have been evacuated to a clinic in Poland. Doctors are working quickly to place them in one of approximately 200 hospitals in 28 countries. Evacuations began immediately after Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24 and are a joint effort of St. Jude, the Polish Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, Fundacja Herosi (Heroes Foundation ) from Poland and Tabletochki, a Ukrainian charity that supports children with cancer. .

“While there is still work to be done, we are committed to doing everything we can as quickly as possible,” said Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, director of St. Jude Global.


The young patients who arrived in Memphis are between nine months and nine years old. They will receive complex medical care, as well as trauma-informed psychosocial therapy. St. Jude also develops a school curriculum for patients and their siblings.

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