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article imageNora Situm leaves Croatia as Mother explains hospital pricing

By Paul Bradbury     Feb 7, 2013 in World
Zagreb - The latest twist in the story which has both united and shocked Croatia, as Nora Situm leaves the country for treatment in Philadelphia.
Young Nora Situm left Zagreb on February 7, 2013, accompanied by her parents and two doctors, en route to live-saving medical treatmenet at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia in a case which has both united and shocked the nation, according to latest Croatian media reports.
As Digitial Journal reported yesterday, 5 year-old Nora is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and her condition requires immediate treatment by specialists in America. An emergency appeal raised the 3.3 million kuna ($590,000) required for the trip and treatment.
Joy at the successful appeal soon turned to anger and shock, as it was revealed that the hospital required more money - a sum of over 5 million kuna - which led to accusations of greed.
Nora's mother, Đana Atanasovska, posted this explanation on the Facebook page set up for the Nora appeal, a page which has just passed 100,000 Facebook 'likes', which puts the record straight.
"Dear all who have during these several days become part of a huge family of my Nora.
I thank you for everything that you have been doing for her through your calls and your enormous wish to help her. I believe that your comments on the Children´s Hospital of Philadelphia Facebook pages were written in good faith. However, I feel the need to tell you in this way that the reasons you believe justify such reactions are not the fault of the hospital in Philadelphia. Because of so many things that have happened within a few last days I have to inform you in good faith that there has been a big misunderstanding in the correspondence with the hospital. I have to point out that during this large-scale humanitarian action, which lasted only for a few days, many e-mail addresses have been involved so that we didn´t even know whom the hospital sent a mail with the total amount needed for our Nora´s medical treatment. Therefore, I apologize that due to all this hurry an omission occured related to an unread mail concerning additional funds which was sent to the association. Therefore, I would like to ask all of you, for the sake of my child´s well-being, not to write any more bad comments on the hospital pages. I am asking you this because I would not like the blame to be put on people who only want to help my child. Please have understanding for what I have written here because you really must realize how difficult it is for us this night before we leave to this institution, especially with respect to the fact that it is exactly from their doctors that we expect help. As everything else so far, we are asking you this in the name of our Nora, but also in the name of all other children who may have tomorrow an open way to new life. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!"
A nation waits, hopes and prays for a sick little girl.
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