President Reuven Rivlin visits children treated for Save a Child's Heart.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)
Three children from Kurdistan have arrived in Israel with their mothers to receive life-saving medical treatment from world famous Israeli NGO Save a Child's Heart.
The three children requiring treatment are aged five, two and 11 months old. They arrived last week and will join the ranks of 5,000 other children who have been saved by the organization over the last two decades.
Last month, the NGO announced that its 5,000th patient had undergone a life-saving procedure at the hands of the organization’s doctors. Its 5,000th patient was one-year old Fatma from Zanzibar who's mom, Balkis, was also saved by the organization when she was a child.
Following this achievement, Lior Sasson, the organization’s lead surgeon, said in a statement that “there is nothing more gratifying than being part of saving a life.”
“To be able to put aside politics and help a human being in need - a child is the miracle the doctors at Save a Child’s Heart perform every day,” he added.
Save a Child’s Heart has treated children from 59 countries, including more than 2,500 Palestinian patients from the West Bank and Gaza. All patients are treated free of cost and the organization operates from Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.
Last year, the UN Population Fund awarded its prestigious Population Award to the Save a Child’s Heart.
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