(photo credit: Reuters)
Abdul Razek, an eight-year-old from Ethiopia who was violently attacked
by wild hyenas outside his home and could not receive the necessary
medical care in his country, was brought on Monday to the Western
Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.
The government hospital’s
director-general, Dr. Masad Barhoum, praised the collaboration of the
United Jewish Communities, the Jewish Agency, the Joint Distribution
Committee and the Foreign Ministry to make the effort successful.
proud to be a part of this health care system that acts without
hesitation to save the life of a child, not just those in Israel but
also to provide humanitarian aid internationally when we are able. This
shows the unique nature of Israel,” Barhoum said on Monday.
Yarchi, director of the Friends of the Western Galilee Hospital, added
that the organization began fundraising for the mission and continues to
raise funds from donors both in Israel and abroad for both the
necessary treatments and housing arrangements outside the hospital.
In total, the funds needed for the treatment and transportation of the boy are estimated at above $40,000.
months ago, Abdul was attacked by wild hyenas that entered his small
village, seriously injuring his head and face. Fearing for the child’s
life, his father brought him to Attat Hospital, a Catholic mission
center in Addis Ababa where he has been recovering since the incident.
However, due to the limited medical treatments available to the small
facility and the lack of sophisticated equipment, the doctors and nurses
were unable to give the advanced care the child needed. Abdul needs
major skin grafting across his head and other surgeries to repair his
face before his injuries become consumed by infection.
Hodes, chief physician of the JDC’s medical mission in Ethiopia, set in
action this international collaboration with the Western Galilee
Hospital. Hodes described the boy’s medical case to visiting physicians
from the US.