Story of Shaza Dayoub - Starting from Suffering at Lebanese Hospitals to Free Treatment in Syrian Al-Basel Hospital

 “My daughter has been in safe hands the moment she arrived in Syria. She is safe!” With these words, Salam Tarraf, mother of patient Shaza Dayoub, announced at the end of long hours of anxiety and fear over the fate of her daughter, who had a traffic accident in Lebanon and could not receive necessary treatment due to high costs of Lebanese hospitals.

The story of Shaza’s suffering started with her traffic accident in Jbeil, Lebanon, and then she was transferred to a hospital in the vicinity. Shaza’s family could not afford the high costs of treatment, that amounted to $ 100,000. Therefore, the patient’s family appealed to the Syrian embassy in Beirut to ensure entry to Syria for treatment

The Syrian embassy in Lebanon rapidly responded, communicated with concerned bodies in Syria, and within a few hours transported Shaza in an ambulance, equipped with medical staff. They entered through the al-Arida crossing to al-Basel Hospital in Tartous, where Shaza’s treatment journey began.

The patient's mother said that the serious and hopeless condition of her daughter weighed heavily on her but all was drastically changed when they arrived in al-Basel Hospital and the emergency room medics quickly applied first aid to Shaza.

Shaza was more than grateful to receive the necessary treatment free of charge since her family was in no way capable of paying the costs of Lebanese hospitals. 

Her mother expressed wholehearted gratitude to the Syrian state,represented by the Syrian embassy, and the Foreign, Interior and Health ministries, along with the medical staff, for their full assistance; she said, "I thank the Syrian state under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad for empowering us to proudly raise our heads."

Director of al-Basil Hospital General Authority, Dr. Iskandar Ammar, said that the patient Shaza Dayoub was transferred to hospital by a Syrian ambulance and was in a critical health condition after having suffered from a traffic accident, which resulted in many fractures in cervical and spinal vertebrae, ribs, collarbone in addition to pelvic fractures. Shaza also has bilateral lung fractures and bruised kidneys. Upon her arrival, necessary tests were immediately made. She is now in the intensive care department, receiving treatment by a qualified medical staff of various specializations in general surgery, along with thoracic, nervous, orthopedic and urinary surgeries, in addition to the intensive care specialists. Shaza is surely having the appropriate health services.”

Dr. Ammar pointed out that the long term recovery period, and the costly treatment Shaza’s critical case requires, will be provided to her completely free of charge. He confirmed the Syrian hospitals’ readiness to receive all cases of Syrian patients and provide them with free treatment.

The story of Shaza is a humanitarian case that truly gives an idea of the health sector in Syria and state hospitals, which continue to provide various medical services for free to citizens, despite the terrorist war that has deliberately targeted the Syrian health sector; hospitals and cadres, as well as the blockade imposed by the forces supporting terrorism to prevent the modernization of hospital facilities and the provision of medicine.

Rayan Faouri