The University Heart Center Hamburg University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) opened their new family tree house for relatives of children with cardiac diseases on 7 December 2015, allowing families to stay close to the young patients for the time of treatment. The tree house is a home away from home, a refuge in troubled times as long-term stays in hospitals is often a heavy burden for families. The construction was made possible by private donations, and particularly by the commitment of the RTL presenter Steffen Hallaschka and the Friends University Heart Center Hamburg e.V.
Cosy Temporary Home
Families of children with heart disease who are treated at the UKE can now stay together and live in one of the three family rooms, each 30 sqm large, use the common area with kitchen, dining and lounge area and relax on a terrace high up and surrounded by trees. Overlooking the Eppendorfer Park, families should be able to feel comfortable in this homelike environment without the hospital atmosphere. This psychological relief will contribute to improve the child’s patients happiness, and thus its healing.
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