indonesian baby 311.
(photo credit: Efrat Nakash)
The Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) organization, based at Wolfson Medical Center,
performed successful congenital heart surgery on Kevin, an 18- month-old boy
from Indonesia recently, resulting in his recovery.
international humanitarian project has provided lifesaving heart surgery and
follow-up care for thousands of children from the poorest corners of the world
However, Kevin’s case is unique because the organization will
also perform surgery on his double-cleft lip, a disfigurement that in his
country gave him such a stigma that he was rarely taken out of his
As a result of staying indoors, his eyes are not used to sunlight,
and he can hardly see, said his mother, who brought him to Israel four months
SACH doctors found a plastic surgeon at Soroka University Medical
Center in Beersheba who would do the complex procedure at no cost, to be
performed next week.
SACH says it is committed to the idea that every
child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of their
nationality, religion, race, gender or financial situation.
To raise more
money for the organization, this summer a team of doctors, supporters and
volunteers from SACH will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise $1 million dollars to
save 100 more children in need of treatment in Africa.