BEIRUT: Laetitia Hatem announced Wednesday night the inauguration of Laetitia Hatem Rehabilitation Center (LHRC) at Hotel Dieu, which aims to give children the childhood they deserve.
Finding light in the darkest times, the Hatem family turned their tragic experiences into a sparkling light to brighten children’s lives, and provide them with a lively and healthy childhood.
The death of his 11-year-old son Philippe inspired Georges Hatem to found the Happy Childhood Foundation (HCF) in 2010, with the technical support of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, the number one rehabilitation hospital in the United States.
Then, following the accident that left her with a disability at the age of 16, his daughter Laetitia traveled to Chicago, where she was treated by a professional team of dedicated therapists and was able to walk again, which inspired her to found LHRC.
During LHRC’s opening cocktail, Father Joseph Nassar, president of the hospital said: the “LHRC is an exemplary success story, for several reasons; the qualifications of its team and management, the use of the best equipment, the special architecture – which includes a pool for water therapy – the one of its kind healing garden, and the power of the strategic partnership between Hotel Dieu hospital and the HCF.”
Laetita herself then took the spotlight to make a personal testimony regarding the “importance of the center for all children in need of rehabilitation care.”
A film showcasing how LHCR works and deals with the children followed the testimony, and a word by the technical partner of LHRC in the United States was read.
Then Georges thanked all those who allowed the completion of the new LHCR and claimed that in every action it takes, the center is always “inspired by the values and the spirit of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child.”
According to Georges, in 2018 alone, about ten thousand physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions will be provided to 165 children in need.
“At LHCR hundreds of children have already received rehabilitation care thanks to HCF with remarkable cases of recovered health, autonomy, dignity, and hope,” he added.
Guests were then invited to visit the center, where they were introduced to the newest additions in terms of indoor rehabilitation space, new equipment, pool for water therapy, and the outdoor rehabilitation and healing garden designed by world-renowned landscape architect, Vladimir Djurovic.
To wrap up the cocktail party, hearts were distributed to guests who donated money for the center and all invitees were gifted Bamboo plants as a way of saying thank you.
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