Egypt won't give suffering child Israeli medicine

Monday, September 22, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel. But the Egyptian authorities still hate the Jewish state enough to let a young Egyptian boy suffering from cystic fibrosis go without the Israeli-made medicine that could ease his pain.

Doctors have recommended that the child obtain and regularly take Creon 1000, a drug produced in Israel, to reduce the effects of the disease and dramatically improve his quality of life.

But the Egyptian Health Ministry told the father that the drug cannot be obtained because Egypt has no cooperation with Israel.

As a government employee, the father knows full well that Egypt does in fact cooperate with Israel when it suits it to do so, while maintaining a icy peace by shunning normalization between the two nations.

The desperate man has launched an uphill battle via the media to force the Egyptian Health Ministry to get the drug his son needs.

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