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The Children's Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital "St. Marina" - Varna Celebrated Its 30th Anniversary

Patients, parents, medics, students and public figures celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Children's Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital "St. Marina" - Varna with an exciting celebration and a concert.

The celebration was attended by present and former employees at the Children's Intensive Care Unit, its heads over the years, doctors, nurses and hospital orderlies as well as the personnel of the children's clinics and structures of "St. Marina", who every single day, side by side, keep fighting to preserve people’s hope alive.

The Rector of MU-Varna and President of the Board of Directors at University Hospital “St. Marina” Krasimir Ivanov addressed the audience with the words, "It is my great honour and pleasure on behalf of the academic management of MU-Varna and the administrative management of the hospital to congratulate all of you who have been taking care of the health of the most seriously sick children from all over Eastern Bulgaria for 30 years and to express my gratitude for your dedication and everything you are doing!" Then he gave flowers to Dr. Diana Pavlova, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boryana Varbanova and Dr. Maria Zheleva - extremely successful heads of the department over the years, people with unquenchable enthusiasm and assiduous work.

The Executive Director of University Hospital "St. Marina" - Varna gave a gift to the Children's Intensive Care Unit - an icon of St. Mina, protector of the family, to whom women pray for the health of their children, for the joy and well-being of their homes, and congratulated the head of Direction "Pediatrics" Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova and the head of the department Dr. Eleonora Zheleva. "Over the years plenty of pediatricians have worked at the Children's Intensive Care Unit, always with the infallible sense of duty to the children in critical situations, to the profession and to the colleagues. Intensivists are brave and dauntless," said Prof. Yotova.

Deep gratitude and appreciation was extended to the donors of the Children’s Intensive Care Unit, who were awarded with diplomas. The gratitude of rescued patients and their parents over the years, who were broadcast on the video wall, provoked extreme excitement and tears of joy in the eyes of everyone present.

The talented children from Varna - 12-year-old Lilia Nikolova and 11-year-old Monika Parusheva from “Melisima” Vocal Studio, the 10-year-old Gabriela Grozeva and Maria Halvadzhieva from the children's folk group “Neranza”, with an art director Kichka Hristova, presented their musical greetings to the employees in the department.

The winning drawings of the participants in the Children's Drawing Contest entitled "I Cure", which was held in November, under the patronage of the Rector of MU–Varna, were awarded at the end of the celebration. 382 drawings of children from 20 kindergartens and schools from Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Shumen, Asenovgrad, Kazanlak, Beloslav and Chirpan, aged between 2 and 11 years, showed enviable imagination and mastery. The seven-member jury awarded the drawings, divided into 2 age categories, with a prize and a diploma. The award winners in the age group 2-6 years were: 1st place - Magdalena Rafaelova, 2nd place - Anton Atanasov and 3rd place - Yasna Germanova, and in age group 7 - 11 years: 1st place - Elitsa Stoyanova , 2nd place - Adela Parusheva and 3rd place - Beloslava Savova.

The Children's Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital "St. Marina" - Varna has 10 beds, and it performs resuscitation of patients aged 0 - 18 from Northeast Bulgaria with therapeutic, surgical, infectious, toxic and other critical conditions. 7 doctors, 13 health care specialists and 6 nurses work at the Unit. It has the 3rd highest level of competence according to the Pediatrics Standards, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. It has taken care of even the smallest neonatal patients for years. A brief overview of the past 30 years shows that the Children's Intensive Care Unit has saved thousands of children.