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25 Ukrainian Children With Cancer Have Arrived In Spain For Treatment

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25 Ukrainian children with cancer who fled the war in their country flew Friday from Poland to Madrid, where they will receive treatment, the Spanish defense ministry said.

Dr. Ana Fernandez-Teijeiro, president of Spain’s pediatric oncology group SEHOP, said the children, who were accompanied by family members, were immediately taken to Madrid hospitals for checkups to determine whether they will stay in hospital or go to lodging provided for Ukrainian war refugees.

According to the Spanish government, there were 22 additional Ukrainian war refugees on board the flight.

Spain’s SEHOP, a professional organization for pediatric oncologists, joined forces with St. Jude Global, which is linked to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the United States, to bring 25 Ukrainian children with cancer to Spain, Dr. Fernandez-Teijeiro told CNN.

A similar collaboration is also moving Ukrainian children with cancer to get treatment in other European countries, from a staging area near Warsaw, Poland, according to Dr. Fernandez-Teijeiro.

There are about 1,000 Ukraine war refugees in Spain who have requested government assistance, and they are currently living in refugee lodging like homes, hotels or refugee centers, the press office of Spain’s Ministry of Inclusion and Migration told CNN.

According to the press office, Spain has prepared an additional 17,000 beds.

According to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, there are 114,000 Ukrainians in Spain. CNN reports that the ministry press office believes that some initial arrivals of war refugees went directly to stay with their Ukrainian family members or friends without notifying the government.

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