A four-year-old girl from Syria underwent successful lifesaving heart surgery at
Wolfson Medical Center in Holon on Monday, as part of its voluntary Save a
Child’s Heart activities.
The child, whose identity is not being released
to keep the family safe from extremists in her country, was referred to SACH by
an American humanitarian organization operating in Israel and
SACH, founded by the late pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Amiram
Cohen, has treated more than 3,000 children from 44 developing nations. On
Monday, Syria became the 45th country.
The girl was brought here last
week from Jordan where she and her mother were living as refugees of the current
Syrian civil war.
Upon her arrival, the girl was examined by the SACH
medical team, who decided that she would undergo open-heart surgery as soon as
possible – all of it free and supplied by volunteer medical staffers and raised
funds. The procedure was performed at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. She is
now recovering in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.
to the child’s mother, doctors in Syria discovered the girl’s heart condition
when the child was six months old, but proper medical care was not
“We kept taking her to doctors but nothing could be done for
her,” the mother said. “She couldn’t run and play like other children, and she
was very sick most of the time.”
After the operations the mother said
that the doctors had treated them very well. She met other SACH patients and
their families at Wolfson– many of them Palestinian and Arabic speaking.
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