A Second Surgery for Baby of Syrian Refugees
For the second time in his young life, a 10-month-old baby who suffers from a serious heart defect arrived in Israel for advanced treatment at Sheba Medical Center. His first trip to Israel was last December, when he received life-saving surgery only days after being born.
The young boy’s parents currently live in a refugee camp in Cyprus. Immediately after he was born and diagnosed with a heart disorder, the Cypriot authorities appealed for urgent medical assistance from the Israeli embassy. Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri authorized the treatment, and the baby was flown to Israel on a medically equipped plane. Thanks to the prompt response and first-rate skills of the physicians at The Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center, his life was saved.
During his recuperation from the first procedure, the baby and his father stayed in Israel for a prolonged period.
“We made sure that the family felt comfortable throughout their entire time at Sheba, and we will continue to follow his progress,” said Dr. David Mishaly, Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Israel has provided medical treatment to over 3,000 Syrian patients in the country’s hospitals, in addition to granting extensive medical aid to Syrian refugees on its border. Last March, a pregnant Syrian woman also entered Israel for critical treatment at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.