Israeli doctors save Palestinian baby

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israeli doctors recently saved the life of seven-month-old Odai Al-Kafarna from the Gaza Strip by reparing a hole in his heart.

The gentle care of Odai and the kind treatment of the grandmother who brought him to the Israeli hospital was reported on by

Odai's grandmother, Haniya told the news agency that the Israelis "have been really good to Odai here at the hospital."

Upon Odai's return to Gaza following nearly three weeks of treatment in Israel, his family reportedly expressed deep gratitude toward the Israeli doctors, who had operated on and cared for Odai free of charge.

Odai's life-saving surgery was made possible by the Israeli non-profit organization "Save a Child's Heart," which is a group of Israeli doctors who regularly operate on poor children from around the world in an effort to build goodwill toward the Jewish state.

To date, Save a Child's Heart has provided life-saving heart surgery to more than 2,600 children from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America and the Far East.

And it's not just Save a Child's Heart that works to provide top-notch medical care to the Palestinians. Israel itself issues permits to more than 10,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip every year to enable them to seek medical attention at Israeli hospitals.

The story of Odai was just one of hundreds and perhaps thousands that debunk the picture painted by the mainstream media of Israel as a cruel oppressor. But most of those stories are ignored in favor of the few that can be skewed to put Israel in a bad light.

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