28 April 2021
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Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) patient, Naser Moradi, has donated a painting to the hospital to give thanks for those who looked after him during his stay at RMH in 2017.

The painting is also to thank healthcare workers for their hard work during the pandemic.

Naser Moradi, a Hazara Afghan refugee, is currently in immigration detention in Melbourne and painted the artwork during the peak of Melbourne’s second wave last year.

Naser was treated by the RMH in 2017, after it was discovered he had kidney cancer.

RMH Head of Urology, Associate Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk said Naser arrived in our care in a timely fashion, which has led to a good prognosis.

“Kidney cancer is in the top 10 malignancies in most parts of the world. There are no specific risk factors. The vast majority of these tumours are found by accident. If a patient is being assessed for other conditions and the lump is found on the kidney,” A/Prof Lawrentschuk said.

Following Naser’s surgery he spent time in the RMH urology ward, based on level 9 West.

This ward also became a COVID hot ward during the peak of the second wave, when the hospital was treating a number of patients and required additional capacity to safely look after all our COVID patients.

Because of this connection to the pandemic, and also the place Naser received most of his care, the painting has now been hung at the nurse’s station on 9W.

“To see the painting, it brings so much joy, to see the colours and all the heart and meaning behind the artwork gives it that extra emotional pull,” A/Prof Lawrentschuk said.

The artwork is a homage to all the staff at the hospital in gratitude to their hard work throughout the pandemic.

For the ward itself, the painting at the nurse’s station will be a constant for all the healthcare workers that will walk past, brightening up what is generally a very clinical space.

“The hospital never closes, so it will bring joy to people 24 hours a day. The colourfulness and the detail of the artwork makes you stop and look at it and will hopefully open up conversations among our staff,” Prof said.

The artwork will remain at the nursing station in 9W for visitors, patients and staff to enjoy. Thank you to Naser for donating the art to us at the RMH.

Background on the artwork from the artist:

On the left of the canvas, COVID-19 is destroying the world's habitat - the buildings are a symbol of the world - while a doctor, like an angel, emerges from the sea, blocking the virus with an empty hand and a syringe from above and beyond, Mr Moradi explains.

To the right, an angel in the form of a nurse emerges from above the clouds, rescuing Australia and the planet and keeps it green with the light that shines from the drum of her stethoscope and a serum that pumps “energy and fresh blood” to them.

The white circle that has emerged from one of her wings, symbolises the light of the sun or the moon.

The birds are symbols of freedom and the colourful sky symbolises the diversity of people on the planet.

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