Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Sagi Assa, from the Wolfson Medical Center, working with local doctors. (Photo: SACH)
Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Sagi Assa, from the Wolfson Medical Center, working with local doctors. (Photo: SACH)

Ten children in Tanzania have been given a new lease on life thanks to an Israeli medical delegation that flew out to the eastern African country to perform the lifesaving heart surgeries. The 20 Israeli doctors, nurses and medical technicians volunteer their time and expertise for Wolfson Medical Center’s Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) organization.

The medical delegation also examined hundreds of other children with congenital heart defects. The Jerusalem Post reports that during the Israeli team’s visit, the president of the Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, stopped by the Muhimbili Hospital in Dar al Salam to thank its members.

In March, a pediatric cardiology team from the Wolfson Medical Center teamed up with a Zanzibar medical team to screen 251 children’s hearts in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

SACH is now working to bring some of the children to Israel for lifesaving cardiac surgery and follow up care.

The SACH charity has treated thousands of children from 45 developing nations.