Chemo blunder victim back home after US surgery

Updated 17 October 2014

Chemo blunder victim back home after US surgery

The five-year-old Saudi girl, who was incorrectly given chemotherapy over a year ago in the Kingdom, has now returned home after treatment in the US.
Rama Abdullah Al-Mohaimeed underwent treatment in the US over the past 13 months. She received support from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to undergo 12 corrective operations at Mayo Clinic.
A doctor at a Buraidah hospital had mistakenly given her chemotherapy treatment.
"Praise to God and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for saving my daughter, by allowing her to get treatment at the best hospitals in the world after suffering so much for the past 17 months," said her father.
According to her father, Rama's US doctors were shocked to hear about the medical mistake.
He said four well-known doctors from outside the state came to the hospital and requested permission to study Rama’s case.
Al-Mohaimeed said Rama began recovering after a month of treatment and was discharged, but due to severe inflammation in her trachea and high fever, she was transferred by air-ambulance to a specialized hospital for children, where she underwent a series of operations.
She returned to Mayo Clinic to undergo several additional operations. He said Rama has been successfully treated and would return to the US after one year.
Al-Mohaimeed said he plans to re-open the case against the health department of Qassim. He thanked Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar who met with his daughter after the initial publication of the case, and continued to follow up with the family while she was in America.
According to previous reports, the doctor who made the mistake had confused Rama with another young patient named Rami, aged 15. He then treated Rama with chemotherapy. Rama only had inflammation of her lymph glands.


Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

Updated 37 min 17 sec ago

Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its support for Afghanistan during a pledging conference for the war-torn nation. 
The event, co-hosted by Finland and the United Nations in Geneva, saw the US, the European Union and other donors pledge billions of dollars in funding for Afghanistan.
Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said the Kingdom has supported more than 35 projects in Afghanistan in various sectors, at a cost of more than $24m. 
The projects covered the humanitarian, health, education, water and food security fields. 
Al-Wasel said the Kingdom participated in all donor conferences held for Afghanistan out of its sense of responsibly towards Afghanistan and hopes for the country to achieve security and prosperity. 
He said the Kingdom believes that achieving stability in Afghanistan requires collective support through several steps, including conciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as well as the group’s commitment to renounce violence and engage in the political process. 
Countries like Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Canada stepped forward with hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of pledges for Afghanistan, after speeches from officials like Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.