Sarajevo - In an ongoing effort to
help local children receive medical
care not available in Sarajevo, members
of the Italian Battle Group sent 5-year-old
Dalila Rizvanovic to Italy for treatment
of her leukaemia, accompanied by her
mother, Kadrik, Aug. 10.
was not Dalila's first trip to Italy,
she has been sent there four times in
the process of treating her illness.
This current visit is like several of
her past trips, to make sure she is
still on the road to recovery, according
to an Italian Battle Group spokesperson.
"She was operated on in Italy for
this sickness last June. Since then,
she has gone to Italy for control visits,
so she is going to Rome for a check-up,"
said Capt. Della Nebbia. "I hope
that she can have the best care and
hospitality while she is there and that
she is all better so this is the visit
Dalila's mother said she is very grateful
for the aid the IBG has provided to
"They help my daughter, and how
do I feel?" explained Kadrik. "I
feel great. They are wonderful for doing
this. My daughter is much better, I
am so happy."
the same day, another child being helped
by the soldiers of the IBG returned
from Italy. Medo Nenad, 13 years old,
has had problems with his eyes. He returned
from a control visit where he had his
eyes checked and was given new glasses.
Della Nebbia said he was glad to see
the results of the medevac organised
by the battle group.
"Medo went on a control visit and
check-up in Italy. There, we changed
his old glasses for new ones, and now
he will not have any problem seeing,"
he said. "He will return to Italy
in three months for another control
visit, but for now we know that he is
okay so he returns home."
He added, Medo's case was a special
one for the Italians.
"The Italian Army has created a
special place for this case, and it
is very special to us because we didn't
have any help from any international
organisations. The Italian Battle Group
organised this medevac and our headquarters
paid all of the costs," said della
Medo said he is very happy to have met
his new Italian friends.
"Italian people are the most important
people in the world for their generosity
and heart," he said. "I don't
know how to thank them."
Nations of SFOR: Italy