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MOH's Statement on the Latest Developments Regarding the Case of the Child Abdullah Al-Anzi
03 October 2012
   Further to the MOH's former statement on the case of the diseased child, Abdullah Faisal Al-Anzi, which pointed out that His Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, has given his orders to form a medical team specialized in oncology, neuroscience and children's intensive care, to diagnose this child's case, the team convened to determine the possibility of treating him at one of the specialized oncology and neuroscience centers.
The Ministry revealed that the team has instantly examined the child, conducted the necessary tests, and reviewed all the relevant reports, which showed that the child was suffering from severe pain in the neck, and increasing impairment in the limbs. He has been detained at King Saud Medical City, where his diagnosis showed that he was suffering from increasing impairment in the four limbs. Tests and magnetic resonance examinations showed that there was a big tumor compressing the spinal cord (the third, fourth and fifth vertebrae in the neck area).
The team has 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 has been revealed, in addition, that the sample formerly taken at King Abdulaziz Medical City, at the National Guard, is insufficient to give a final diagnosis of the tumor. Therefore, the patient needs to be referred to a specialized center to take another sample, which is the Neuroscience Center at King Fahad Medical City. The child has already been referred, and based on the results of tests, it will be determined which medical and therapeutic path to take.
It should be noted, meanwhile, that the medical team explained to parents that there are little chance to recovery, due to the rapid development and place of the tumor, as it lies in a very sensible and critical place, between the third and fifth vertebrae in the neck area, and directly compresses the spinal cord, which, in turn, affects the four limbs.
It is worth mentioning 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.

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