Israeli doctors perform life-saving heart surgery on 5 Palestinian children

‘This is what distinguishes us as Israelis, the ability to ignore what is happening around and continue with our sacred work of saving children’s lives.’ – Dr. Lior Sasson, SACH

Israeli doctors saved the life of Mohamed Ashgar from Gaza in 2012. (Photo by Sheila Shalhevet)

Israeli doctors saved the life of Mohamed Ashgar from Gaza in 2012. (Photo by Sheila Shalhevet)

As Israel carries on its search for kidnapped teenagers Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Fraenkel, Israeli doctors of Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) continue to save the lives of Palestinian children at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

Since the beginning of Operation Brother’s Keeper, five Palestinian children have undergone life-saving heart surgery at Wolfson, eight Palestinian children were admitted, including two urgent cases brought by ambulances from the West Bank and from Gaza, and 15 children are expected to arrive this week to the SACH free weekly cardiology clinic for Palestinian children.

“Children are children”‘ says Dr. Lior Sasson, SACH chief surgeon, “for us it doesn’t matter where the children come from, every child deserves to receive the best medical treatment and children from both sides, shouldn’t be a part of the conflict.”

The Israeli medical team of SACH says they are continuing with their activity without letting the situation around interfere or influence them.

“We are continuing with our work, this is what distinguishes us as Israelis, the ability to ignore what is happening around and continue with our sacred work of saving children’s lives,” said Dr. Sasson.

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About Viva Sarah Press

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.
  • c0mm0ncenz

    Is this a normal amount of children for cardiology needs? Is the culture contributing to the poor health of its children and should something be done to prevent such needs for expensive surgeries? I’ve not know any Jewish Israeli children who need such intervention. What are the comparative statistics?

  • Moshe Fuld

    or should they be administering time release poison with an ultimatum, either we get our boys back or your die. Once we get our boys back, we probably should administer the anti-dote to allow the boys to grow up to be full-fledged terrorists…

  • exUK

    Also you have to be “carefully taught” to hate,….so we must reach out to young people BEFORE this happens! All kids deserve an equal opportunity to be healthy and have a happy life.

  • Abe Bird

    Yes, at least they have now good devices for self perpetuated bombs in the future…..