MUDr. Mária Jasenková

In 1996, she graduated on the 2nd Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, then she worked at the Clinic of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology in Bratislava. She has been dealing with the issue of palliative treatment and care for terminally ill and dying children and their families since 1999. She is the co-founder of the non-profit organization PLAMIENOK (2003), the first children’s home hospice in Slovakia and the Helping Mourning Children and Families Center, the first center to help children who lost their parents and families after the loss of the child (2011). It co-organizes and actively participates in educational programs in the field of child palliative care in Slovakia and abroad. She works closely with the School of Creative Accompanying in Valencia (Spain). She attended psychotherapy training in logo therapy and existential analysis in Brno, Master of Transpersonal Psychology in Madrid (2017). She is co-author of publications for grieving  parents who have a terminally ill child, and for professionals who care for terminally ill children.

In 2011, she was awarded the Slovak Year Award in the category of charity and support of young talents, as well as a special prize of the Slovak magazine.

In January 2019, President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska granted MUDr.Maria Jasenkova State Medal, Pribina Cross First Class, for extraordinary merit in the social development of the Slovak Republic in the field of health care, pediatric oncology and palliative care.

She contributed to the Gallery for Plamienok with a series of photographs she made on a holiday in Tuscany

Gallery for PLAMIENOK is a mutual project of the Atelier Hlavina online gallery and the non-profit organization Plamienok. The idea is to acquire the works of artists for a charity sale. The online gallery Atelier Hlavina will be exhibiting works by artists devoted to philanthropic feelings, and they will give up part or all of the proceeds from the sale of their works. As well as online gallery will give up its margins and funds from the sale of such work (after compulsory taxation) will be paid to the PLAMIENOK n.o. The buyer thus gains not only a good feeling that he has contributed to the right thing but also a valuable artwork. Each work will be exhibited in the gallery associated with cost as well as information on the amount of tax and finally the amount to be credited to PLAMIENOK n.o.

Non-profit organization Plamienok is dedicated to the care of children with incurable diseases. First, it is a mobile hospice that offers children in the terminal stage of the disease chance to spend the life in the circle of their closest ones. Doctors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers visit children from the organization Plamienok right at home and provide them 24 hours a day and free palliative care in their home environment. Employees of the hospice are experts who specialize in the treatment of physical difficulties of terminally ill children. At the same time, hospice employees talk to parents and relatives about difficulties and unforeseeable circumstances to be prepared to respond to any situation and have been able to help their child immediately until they call the staff to visit and help with the situation.

The added value of Plamienok is a set of activities in which the staff of this mobile hospice accompanies the child, his parents and siblings along on one of the most difficult paths which they may find themselves. And for those who carry out their mission in the Plamienok, to accompany is to share pain and joy in life be supportive, be available and together seek what brings joy and hope. Accompany someone means to give but receive as well.

Employees themselves of Plamienok say this about their work: For a person to cope with suffering, he must outlive it, accept and find his meaning. This task is very difficult, painful, often lengthy and full of anger, sadness, and uncertainty. We are ready to move step by step with families for as long as they want and seek together answers to the questions that will bring them relief.

MUDr. Mária Jasenková

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