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Who we are
The Chronic Care Center is a medico-social institution, specialized in the treatment and follow-up of childhood chronic diseases: Thalassemia and Type I Diabetes.
Know The Signs
My baby is very pale and has no energy to play. He does not seem to be growing well even though he eats well. I am worried How can I know if he has thalassemia?
How can I know if he has thalassemia?
You consult your child's pediatrician. He will ask for a complete blood count to rule out anemia
Below are some testimonials given by young patients at the Center and their parents. These simple words are merely a glimpse of the reality they endure daily.
Thalassemic patient
Michel Haddad

I am 21 years old and I am majoring in Graphic Design at the Lebanese American University (LAU).

I was diagnosed of having Thalassemia Major at the age of 4 months and from that time on I started having blood transfusion.

Normally, human beings need iron in their blood for its health benefits, but in my case, the excess of iron in my body is due to blood transfusion leads to serious health problems and to abnormal bones development in some extreme cases. Therefore, to overcome this side effect of blood transfusion, and thanks to the medical progress, I am being able to take my oral chelator in the form of pills.        I take them every morning and I continue my day as normal as any other person of you...

Until now, I visit the Chronic Care Center every 18 or 21 days to receive my blood transfusion and medical treatment. And in the other days, I am as healthy as you are and even better.
Graphic Design Student
Thalassemic cured patients
Zeinab and Khawla Mcheik

The two Mcheik sisters, Zeinab born on June 1997 and Khawla on September 1999, in Hadath Baalbek, had their bone marrow transplants in 2006, in Rome.

They say: "Thanks to the Chronic Care Center, the Italian Government and our two brothers (bone marrow donors), we are cured. Love life" .
Thalassemic cured patient
Amani Ayoubi

Born on August 29, 1997 in Debbe-Koura, I was suffering from Thalassemia Major since 3 months age. I was treated at the Chronic Care Center very well: medical follow-up, regular blood transfusions every 3 weeks, iron chelator through a pump 8 to 12 hours daily, vaccinations etc...

After my transplant in May 2006, in Italy, I have a normal life, like all my friends. I hope that my brother, who is also thalassemic, get a bone marrow transplant and can be cured like me.