MOH News
MOH's Statement on the Case of the Child Abdullah Al-Anzi
28 September 2012
   In reference to the news released by some mass media on the case of the child called Abdullah Faisal Al-Anzi, the Ministry of Health would like to make clear that His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, had instantly given his orders to form a medical team specialized in oncology, neurology and children's ICU, to diagnose the case of the child, and decide whether it is possible to treat him at a center specialized in oncology and neurology.
 
The Ministry added that the team includes in its membership a distinguished constellation of specialists and consultant physicians specialized in the field of oncology and neurology, representing the Kingdom's various health sectors. They are: Dr. Mahmoud Yamani, the Director of the National Neurology Center at King Fahad Medical City, and consultant physician of neurosurgery and vascular surgery, Dr. Ali Saeed Al-Eamri, the Head of Blood Diseases and Children's Tumors Unit, and a consultant oncologist at King Abdulaziz Medical City (National Guard), Dr. Tarik Al-Ayed, a consultant physician of children's intensive care at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Riyadh Research Center, and Dr. Saleh Saad Al-Shahri, a consultant physician of children's intensive care at King Saud Medical City, in addition to Dr. Abullah Al-Wade'i, the Director-General of the MOH Medical Specialized Centers.
 
In its statement, the Ministry pointed out that the team has examined the child, reviewed the necessary medical reports, and met with the child's parents. They discussed Abdullah's health condition, and the doctors explained the treatment potentials, in the light of the results of medical examinations. The medical crew demanded re-examining the tumor sample taken out from the spinal cord (neck area), made at King Abdulaziz Medical City (National Guard, Riyadh), so as to determine the type of tumor, and reach at an accurate diagnosis of the case in the upcoming phases.
 
It is worth mentioning that Abdullah Al-Anzi had been suffering from severe pain in the neck area, and increasing impairment in the limbs, before he was hospitalized at King Saud Medical City, where his case was diagnosed. Examinations and magnetic resonance tests showed that he had a big tumor affecting the spinal cord (the third, fourth and fifth vertebrae in the neck area).
 
In light of the foregoing, it is clear that the Ministry of Health has taking the necessary medical actions, and that all decisions related to this case are taken by professional physicians. The team crew will continue to follow up the case, and make every effort in the hope that Allah Almighty will confer recovery and health upon him. He listens and responds.
 



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