Without electricity or running water, bland clothes that doesn’t suit the cold winter of Israel, there is 6-year-old Roy wandering without supervision in the Haifa streets.
When he arrived at the Emergency center the psychosocial staff was amazed to find out that he was still in diapers and a bottle in his hand. “It’s more hygienic this way”, his mother said, a mentally ill single parent that refused to accept any medical treatment for her illness, “He doesn’t need underwear”. Roy retained himself for almost 2 weeks because he did not know how to use the bathroom. Roy arrived at the center pale and thin. He was diagnosed with harsh anemia and all his teeth were black from neglect and decay.
Pasta, pizza or hamburgers- foods familiar to almost every child in Israel, are foods he never met. He hardly spoke Hebrew, the single words he knew were “I’m hungry”.
It is hard to describe the many deprivations that Roy suffered from: emotional, physical, along with obvious deprivations in intellectual stimulation.
The Emergency Center contributed to Roy along with hundreds of other children. After less than one month he was out of diapers, and spoke understandable Hebrew. He got used to the new foods and was thoroughly treated medically: He got shots, started receiving iron in his system, all his teeth were treated with full surgical intervention in a hospital near by.
His emotional and intellectual needs were answered, whether by the psychosocial staff and the treatment he got from the immediate staff or by the emotional treatment and the different Para-medical treatments he received.
After a relatively long period of time in the Emergency Center a wonderful foster family was found for Roy, which took him into their hearts and home.