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Mrs Sare Davutoglu visits ths Children's Oncology Unit

During the official visit to our country of the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, his wife Mrs. Sare Davutoğlu expressed her desire to visit the "Marianna V. Vardinoyannis-ELPIDA" Children's Oncology Unit.

Accompanied by the wife of the Turkish ambassador in Athens, Mrs. Zerin Göğüş, Mrs. Davutoğlu arrived at the hospital in the afternoon of Tuesday 8 March 2011 where she was greeted by the President of the "ELPIDA" Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis and the Administrative Director of the "Aghia Sophia" Children's Hospital Dr. Emmanouil Papasavvas as well as members of the ELPIDA board of directors.   Mrs. Davutoğlu was taken on a guided tour of the hospital and the patients' wards where she had the opportunity to spend time with the children, who are undergoing treatment there, give them gifts and talk with their parents.

Mrs. Davutoğlu, herself a doctor and the mother of 4 children, is a woman with a broad range of social and humanistic activity to her credit both in her country and internationally.   She asked Mrs. Vardinoyannis for detailed information on the work carried out by "ELPIDA" with its "crowning achievement" as she characterized it, "the construction and operation of a model hospital not just in Greece but also in the Balkans and the whole of Europe".   She even compared it to the "Johns Hopkins" hospital in the U.S.A. which she has also visited and mentioned that it is not as well made as this hospital.

After thanking her for her visit and kind words, Mrs. Vardinoyannis emphasized that her presence in the hospital shows her sensitivity, interest and support for sick children and their parents at this difficult time when they are waging their battle against cancer, and gave her a brief history of the "ELPIDA" Association's activities.

When it was time to say goodbye to Mrs. Davutoğlu, Mrs. Vardinoyannis presented her with a commemorative gift on behalf of the "ELPIDA" Association and to commemorate her visit to the hospital Mrs. Davutoğlu gave Mrs. Vardinoyannis a symbolic gift from Turkey for the hospital, inviting her to visit Istanbul and the institutions there very soon.