Iraqi children treated in Israel 370.
(photo credit: Meredith Holbrook/SACH)
Three Kurdish children from Iraq in need of lifesaving heart surgery arrived at
Wolfson Medical Center in Holon on Tuesday and were personally greeted by Energy
and Water Minister Silvan Shalom.
The children, aged one, three and six,
are among the thousands who have been treated by medical staffers, free of
charge, as part of the Save a Child’s Heart program based at the
“I shall continue to support the activities of Save a Child’s
Heart,” Shalom said.
“It is essential that we continue to send out the
message that Israel is a humane state.
The humanitarian treatment we
grant to children is in essence the difference between us and some of our
“This morning an Israeli was killed at the Tapuah Junction by
a terrorist, while here at Wolfson, at the same time, Kurdish children from Iraq
are being saved. I’m proud to be a partner in this project which brings hearts
together and promotes fraternity among nations.”
The children arrived
accompanied by their mothers and were received by representatives of the
Regional Cooperation Ministry and members of SACH.
director-general Dr. Yitzhak Berlovich noted that to date more than 3,000
youngsters from 44 developing countries have been treated there, and that every
year, SACH brings another 250 children, including almost 200 from
The humanitarian program, established in 1996 by the late pediatric
heart surgeon Dr. Amiram Cohen, intends to continue to expand its activities for
the betterment of the children in the countries of region.