Ten years ago, following the war that deposed Saddam Hussein, Israeli doctors operated on and saved an Iraqi infant with a severe heart defect.
Now the same Israeli organization, Save a Child’s Heart, has recently saved a young Syrian girl.
The mother told reporters she was hesitant about coming to Israel because it is an enemy country to Syria but also said the only thing that mattered for her was having the opportunity to save her daughter’s life.
“We kept taking her to doctors and to the hospital but nothing could be done for her,” the mother said. “She couldn’t run and play like other children and she was very sick most of the time.”
Dr. Lior Sasson, one of the physicians to volunteer with the SACH medical team, said the child was in grave condition when she arrived in Israel and would not have survived much longer. “Without the surgery, she could have died within a few months, maybe even weeks,” he said.
Since 1995, Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) has treated more than 3,000 children suffering from congenital and rheumatic heart disease aging from infancy to 18 years of age from the “four corners of the Earth” – 45 countries where adequate medical care is unavailable.
Approximately 50% of the children are from the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Morocco; more than 30% are from Africa; and the remaining are from Asia, Eastern Europe and the Americas.
Israel is regularly condemned in some venues as a racist state. Organizations like Save a Child’s Heart show that the claim is absolutely false.