Israeli Surgeons Repair Young Palestinian Hearts

[Reuters/Malaysia Star] Allyn Fisher-Ilan - Hala Ketnani, a 10-month-old girl from Gaza, sleeps beneath an oxygen hood in an Israeli intensive care unit as she recovers from heart surgery. Under the private Israeli program "Save a Child's Heart," doctors at Wolfson Hospital near Tel Aviv repair congenital heart defects for children like Ketnani from the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Jordan, and Africa. More than 1,000 children, about half from Gaza and the West Bank, have been helped so far. Shlomo Dror, an Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman, said about 1,000 Palestinians per month receive medical treatment in Israel, up from 600 in recent years.

2006-12-08 01:00:00

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