[ View the story "Croatia rallies to get care for child cancer patient" on Storify] Croatia rallies to get care for child cancer patient Outrage online after reports that a young Croatian girl might not be able to afford treatment in the US.
The Stream· Wed, Feb 06 2013 10:35:16
@ChildrensPhila $830k?we raised the money that was needed and you raised the price to $830k,seriously? #nora keep fighting little lioness <3Dora Tkalec
@ChildrensPhila Greediest hospital in the U.S. How about setting prices accordingly, $500K, $1M for treatment. Why bother with $834K?Theo Valich
was similarly flooded with angry and disappointed posts from Nora's supporters.
Its a shame that you raise the price of the operation when all Croatians were told that the operation is 600 000 dollars, now its 800 000 dollars...its a big deal here on Croatia its on the news, everywhere..but we think your Health Care system is too greedyMarko Unexist Komljenović
I can`t understand! Why don't you explain why have you increased costs for experimental drug treatment for Nora (acute l.leukemia)? First you said 560 000 $, now just a few days later you are asking 850 000$? For hospitalisation costs?? I can't believe?Explain please? We people in Croatia collected all the money for her treatment with donations and now you greedy doctors want more! Why?Layla Laylla
As The Atlantic explains, the additional money said to be for follow-up treatment is
being paid by the mayor of the town where Nora is from.
Some posted pictures or the text of the Hippocratic Oath, a pledge of ethical standards that health professionals swear to uphold.
Others posted this edited version of the hospital's Facebook page:
for Nora's campaign has more than 90,000 likes. A photo
, "Nora U ", has received hundreds of submissions from her supporters:
The story also received attention from social news forum Reddit, which has
for charitable causes over the internet in the past. Many posted similar messages of outrage, but others were more cautious in their criticism:
AFAIK, the original 600k was the price before the girl even came to the USA for on-site testing. After the inital tests were done, the price rose to 800k. I don't find this all the unsettling if the doctors finally saw the girl in person, conducted all the necessary tests in the hospital and concluded that she would need more therapy than originally predicted. Maybe I'm wrong, but there hasn't been any official statement why the price rose, only speculation.Misspelled_username
Lets not vilify an amazing institution because of a poorly translated news article..reddit.com
The family is getting ready to go. They raised the money. Then suddenly they find out they need 200k more UPFRONT. Hours before they leave? Come on. Yes it was a miscommunication. Yes someone messed up. CHOP is an amazing place. They treat people for FREE all the time. Which begs the question you gave a 600k estimate, they raised it through CHARITY, and suddenly that's not enough? Treat the kid, take the 600k, and move on.reddit.com
Some commented on the huge amount of attention that Nora's story has seen in Croatia. The sum raised for Nora is huge for Croatia, where the economy has seen successive years of recession and credit ratings have recently been
to "junk" status.
This case has attracted an incredible amount of media attraction lately in Croatia, which might not mean much in international standards, but it's a lot since the country itself is in a major political, financial and even moral crisis. The response to this has been swift and incredible since people have contributed enough money in less than a week to make her treatment a realistic possibility instead of unreachable goal.reddit.com
"I'm so happy that I live in junk-rated #Croatia! Rather poor than making profit on a sick little girl! Larisa" #nora cc/@ChildrensPhilaPetarBogdan
<div>I was always wondering about strength of social media, but never had a real opportunity to test it. We are all aware that it gets more powerful every day, but…<br> It would be interesting to explore if a couple million of very very stubborn and persistent Croatians (with Nora in their <3s) can take down an institution like CHOP using only social media.<br> <br> I think we can!<br>... <br> Ready or not, here we come…<br> <br> …u greedy bastards!<br> See More</a></div>Slatkica Tracerica
A February 2 report from a Croatian news channel describes Nora's mother's reaction to the outpouring of support for her daughter:
02.02.2013. HTV1 Dnevnik 3 - Nora ŠitumMkolakov