From Iraq to Israel, for life saving heart surgery

Save a Child’s Heart and the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon have saved the lives of more than 3,000 children from 44 developing countries.

Minister Silvan Shalom welcomes Kurdish children who arrived in Israel from Iraq for life saving heart surgery. (Meredith Holbrook)

Minister Silvan Shalom welcomes Kurdish children who arrived in Israel from Iraq for life saving heart surgery. (Meredith Holbrook)

Three Iraqi children have arrived in Israel for life-saving heart surgery and were received by representatives of the Ministry for Regional Cooperation and members of Save a Child’s Heart charity.

Although Iraq is defined as an ‘enemy state’ to Israel, the Knesset approved the entry of the three children and their mothers on humanitarian grounds.

“The humanitarian treatment that we grant to children is in essence the difference between us and some of our neighbors. I’m proud to be a partner in this project which brings hearts together and promotes fraternity among nations,” Silvan Shalom, Minister of Energy and Water, Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee and Minister for Regional Cooperation, told a delegation of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa at the Wolfson Medical Center (WMC).

The Kurdish children, ages one, three and six, were received by representatives of the Ministry for Regional Cooperation and members of Save a Child’s Heart.

The director of the WMC, Dr. Yitzhak Berlovich, who accompanied Minister Shalom, said that to date more than 3,000 children from 44 developing countries have been treated at the WMC and that every year SACH brings to Israel more than 250 children.

Simon Fisher, SACH executive director said that “thanks to the initiative of Minister SIlvan Shalom, to date almost 200 children from Iraq have been operated at the WMC, and this is only the beginning. It is our intention to continue to expand our activity for the betterment of the children in the countries of this whole region. This is also thinking of our own children and their futures.”

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  • http://www.iranaware.com/ American Infidels

    Very nice

  • Australian Infidels

    Wonderful story. Thanks for telling it because we otherwise would not know. I will send it around the globe. Thank you very much.

  • Charles Woodliff

    his is an excellent start for Israel … Maybe they should ease over to Gaza and the West Bank and offer some of the same services to all the Palestinian children that they have maimed with their white phosphorous attacks, brutal intrusions, and immoral, indiscriminate discharge of weapons… Maybe they could even take up a little collection and erect a small monument marker for Rachel Corrie …

  • Meredith Holbrook

    They have operated now on over 500 Palestinian children, and have been working heavily in the West Bank and Gaza.