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Queen Mathilde of Belgium visits rehabilitation facility for road accident victims


By Martin Kraft, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wiki Commons

Queen Mathilde travelled to Edegem on Tuesday to visit a rehabilitation centre which is celebrating their 10th anniversary. 

Her Majesty arrived at the facility, located in the Flanders Region, on Tuesday, the 26th of October, where she received a tour of one of the facilities belonging to RevArte. 

RevArte is a rehabilitation centre that focusses on physical and mental rehabilitation for people who suffer cerebral lesions, amputations, spinal cord injuries and motion disabilities. 

The facility can house up to 194 patients at a time, and offers temporary hospitalisations, as well as medical check-ins. 

Queen Mathilde specifically toured the Herbosch-Ceurremans centre, which is dedicated to the rehabilitation of young people suffering the consequences of road accidents. 

Her Majesty met with patients and their families, and listened to their stories, before meeting the staff on duty at the facility, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and medical personnel that creates prosthetics for those who have had limb amputations. 

The Queen was also given a tour of the physical therapy room which houses some of the newest technological marvels for rehabilitative therapy, to help patients in a faster and more permanent recovery.

Her Majesty also played a friendly game of foosball table with some patients before sitting down for a meeting with hospital executives. 

It is not the first time that the Belgian Royals have shown an interest in physical therapy and rehabilitation; most recently, King Philippe visited a similar facility in Herentals back at the beginning of September. 

Queen Mathilde is not new to working with youth with difficulties, since, before becoming a member of the Royal Family, she owned her own speech therapy practice, and has always shown a keen interest in working with children and young adults with physical and learning disabilities.