Israeli hospital saves Arab girl's heart

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

Those evil, apartheid-imposing Israelis were at it again last month, providing free emergency medical treatment that saved the life of a 12-year-old Palestinian Arab girl from Gaza who had a serious heart defect.

In a press release publihshed this week, Rambam Medical Center in Haifa revealed that young Aya Almasal actually died while en route from Gaza to the northern Israel port city.

Having suffered from unexplained and sudden bouts of unconsciousness her entire life, "Aya set out for Rambam to treat this problem... [but] upon leaving Gaza, she felt ill and her situation steadily deteriorated," read the release. "As the girl neared Rambam, her heart stopped working and she was, in effect, dead."

Israeli medics and doctors managed with great effort to resuscitate their young Arab patient and implant a life-saving pacemaker. Aya was later diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, a birth defect that causes irregular and rapid heart rate, and prevents blood from reaching the brain, resulting in a sudden loss of consciousness.

After a month of treatment and close monitoring, Aya was discharged last Thursday "standing on her own two feet" and ready to return home and start life anew.

Aya is but an example of the overwhelming compassion Israel often demonstrates toward its Arab neighbors, even those from territories that are violently hostile toward the Jewish state.

Rambam Medical Center alone treats hundreds of Arab children and youth from across the Middle East on an humanitarian basis ever year. The hospital's public relations department noted that "a number of Palestinian patients are currently at the [Pediatric Cardiology] department, among them a three-week old infant scheduled for heart surgery, and a 40-day old baby who needs a stent procedure."

And Rambam is far from the only Israeli hospital that provides such care to its "enemies." Israel Today has previously written about a group of Israeli surgeons who donate their time to a humanitarian organization called "Save a Child's Heart" that has provided life-saving surgery to well over 2,000 Arab children to date.

Kind of paints a much different picture than the apartheid narrative insisted upon by Israel's antagonists.

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