It is always difficult to see children with cancer and in HCMC this is very much the case. The same overcrowded conditions exist in this part of the hospital. Some families prefer to camp out in the halls or the stairwells because if you can believe it, they actually have a little more room and privacy there.
There is a playground out in the main courtyard area of the hospital and whenever the children were up to it, they were out there, smiling, laughing and playing, just being regular kids. They have a metal swing on the playground, and every time you went outside you heard the constant creaking of that swing, all day, every day. Because this is the only place in the hospital where a mother can sit and rock her child to comfort them, and it was always filled and it was always creaking. It is one of my most vivid memories of the HCMC oncology hospital.