MembersIsraeli Organization Trains Palestinian Doctors to Save Their Own Children

Israel Today correspondent Rachel Avraham visits an Israeli humanitarian organization healing the hearts of children from around the world

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: Israeli Goodwill, Save a Child's Heart
Yoram Cohen and Prof. Arie Schechner, co-founders of Save a Child's Heart.
Yoram Cohen and Prof. Arie Schechner, co-founders of Save a Child's Heart. Photo: Courtesy

Save A Child’s Heart is an Israeli humanitarian organization assisting children in developing countries who need heart surgery. Tamar Shapiro, who does public relations for Save a Child’s Heart explained: “This year was a special year in many aspects. We marked 25 years of bringing children from developing countries for heart surgery, who don’t have the ability to perform such surgeries in their home country. We also marked the 6,000th child that we saved. He was a child from Gaza with a very complicated heart defect. He was operated on here. Today, he is now living his life, like any child with a normal heart.”

According to Shapiro, “50% of the children that we treat are Palestinian children from the West Bank and Gaza. 45% are from different African countries and the rest are from all around the world. We brought children here from 63 different countries. Despite the COVID restrictions, we have been able to continue our work and to bring children to Israel...

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