In April 2001, when Ariel Yered was less than a year old, he was severely injured by a rocket fired at his home in Gush Katif. He was brought to a hospital in critical condition and initially showed no signs of life. Rocket fragments had penetrated his brain and damaged his spine.
There are almost 200,000 children and youth in Israel with debilitating disabilities such as deafness, paralysis, or learning difficulties and need continuously ongoing medical treatment.
Every year approximately 300 babies are abandoned in the hospitals of Israel shortly after their birth. This happens because of different reasons: a problematic family background, medical problems of infants, abuse, drug addiction of mothers or other circumstances. But in all cases, the newborns are left alone in the hospitals without a warm hug, a happy song, a kind word or maternal care.