At the moment there are thousands of pregnant women in Gaza who are about to give birth, according to Lovetínská, the situation is really critical and continues to worsen. The country lacks energy sources, without which the healthcare sector simply cannot function. Women give birth in the corridors if they get to the hospital in time and the subsequent care of newborn children is dismal.
“Monthly there are up to 130 babies who need an incubator. By not having sources of electrical energy, it decides who lives and who doesn’t,” Vanesa Lovetínská, a certified military plastic surgeon, described the situation in Gaza at the Epicenter.
The lack of energy puts the doctor in a role at certain moments when nothing can be done. They are often exposed to a situation where he must decide between who to save and who to let die.
“Currently, this means that primary care is given to patients who have a chance of survival. Where the chance is minimal, I believe they do not receive the health care,” said Vanesa Lovetínská.
Like Dr. Mengele
In European and Western countries, there are generators in hospitals that automatically turn on backup sources in the event of a power outage. There is no such possibility and chance in Gaza.
“Of course, a certain range of procedures can be performed under local anesthesia, by numbing, but these are only limited procedures, others are very difficult to perform. And the last mention of who operated without mortification was Mengele,” described the Czech doctor and mentioned one case for all.
Foot amputation in the hallway
“For example, a nine-year-old boy. His foot was amputated in front of his mother and fifteen-year-old sister, and that really only in local anesthesia. Everyone had to look at it, it was in the hallway, because there was simply no place else,” the doctor described the appalling case from Gaza.
According to Lovetínská, the follow-up care is also very bad, accompanied by high rates of complications, infections, and the need for re-amputations. Very seriously ill patients and polytraumatized patients according to the Czech doctor, they have very little chance of survival in these conditions.
First disbelief then incredible gratitude
“There are an awful lot of stories from the healthcare environment. If I was talking specifically about Gaza, then me I still think of the eyes of those mothers who had their burned children there. Every mother, regardless of skin color, religion or belief, always has a terrible fear for her child,” the young doctor describes her experience.
She herself in Gaza was in a position where she had to explain to mothers what was going to happen to their child, what the medical procedure was.
“They weren’t very used to having a doctor explain something to them and every time a small foreign woman came to them without a veil, a head covering, with a translator and explained some procedure to them,in the beginning there was such a natural mistrust, but then when they knew what was going to happen to their child, there she was incredible gratitude that I have never seen in any other patient or family in my life.” concluded doctor Vanesa Lovetínská.