Memorable programs, memorable people

11 December 2017 - 13 December 2017

Christmas in Hospital

Being in hospital is always hard and is probably the hardest at Christmas: this is when everyone longs to be at home, with their loved ones. I am keenly aware of this, since once, a long time ago, I also spent a Christmas in hospital. These are the days, when I value the work of doctors, nurses and hospital staff even more, as they try and bring festive spirit to the patients, while many of them also spend Christmas with the patients, away from their families. Thus, a peculiar community is forged among patients, relatives and hospital staff, as their life is linked for a period: earlier strangers struggle together for their recovery and share the joy of good results.
This year I attended Christmas celebrations in the Children’s Clinic in Bókay Street and in the Institute of Oncology. Patients changed from their sleepwear into street clothes, doctors and nurses shed their white robes. For a while everyone managed to forget the hospital surroundings and returned to life outside, to what is probably its most beautiful moment, the feast of love.
From the bottom of my heart I wish all patients a speedy recovery and that they should never again have to spend a single Christmas away from their home. And to the staff of the hospitals, I would like to say thank you for all the selfless work done day after day, focusing on the interests of others rather than on their own.