Palestinian children from Gaza undergo heart surgery in Israeli hospital

Israeli and Palestinian heart surgeons teamed up at an Israeli hospital on Wednesday to operate on three Palestinian girls, under a program to save children's lives despite hostilities between Hamas-ruled Gaza and the Jewish state. Doctors said the lives of the children - aged 7, 4, and 8 months - would have been in jeopardy without the surgery. The older children were treated to close holes in their hearts and the baby underwent open heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect. "The operations were successful and the girls are doing well," said Dr. Akiva Tamir, head of cardiology at Wolfson Hospital near Tel Aviv.