health operation surgery 88.
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Sara Magdalena Reyes, a 19-month-old girl from El Salvador whose family of six
has an income of only $5 a day, is being brought Thursday to Wolfson Medical
Center in Holon to undergo lifesaving open-heart surgery unavailable in her
The effort is being carried out by the Save a Child’s Heart
(SACH) organization, which has already treated 2,400 children from 39
She will be the first child from El Salvador to benefit from
SACH’s voluntary activities.
SACH is an Israeli-based international
humanitarian project providing heart surgery and follow-up care for children
from developing countries. It was founded in 1995 by the late Dr. Amram
(Ami) Cohen, who died tragically in a mountain-climbing accident.RELATED:Mullen to IDF Haiti delegation: Humanity is proud of you
trained 50 physicians and nurses from 11 countries and traveled overseas to
perform more than 130 lifesaving heart operations, in addition to doing surgery
Sara lives in Ahuachapan, in a remote area of El Salvador,
and does not have access to clean water, electricity or adequate health
Sara, the youngest child, lives with her mother, a
and her father, a farm worker, in a one-room tin and clay house, which
located three hours from the closest hospital.
Her mother will
her here. A SACH representative, along with a physician, will be waiting
them at Ben-Gurion Airport and take them to SACH’s rest home in
After a first round of examinations – blood tests, X-rays
echocardiographs – they will return to Azur and wait for a few weeks
is ready for her operation.