Presidential treatment

Israeli docs in Africa treat Obama’s granny

Sarah Onyango Obama undergoes eye surgery at Shalom Hospital in Equatorial Guinea

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Sarah Onyango Obama, President Obama's step-grandmother (photo credit: AP)
Sarah Onyango Obama, President Obama's step-grandmother (photo credit: AP)

American President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother underwent emergency eye surgery in an Israeli-run hospital in Equatorial Guinea last week.

Sarah Onyango Obama, the president’s father’s third wife, lives in the remote Kenyan village of Nyang’oma Kogelo and suffered from an unspecified optical ailment.

Guinean Health Minister Tomas Mecheba Fernandez escorted the First Step-Grandmother to the hospital in advance of her surgery by a team of Israeli doctors.

The procedure was successful and Obama is making a full recovery, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Sunday.

“All of Africa is talking about your hospital and of the fact that you don’t need to fly to Europe to get medical treatment,” said an enthusiastic Obama following her operation.

The Shalom Hospital, located in the Guinean capital city of Malabo, was founded by Israeli entrepreneurs Yardena Ovadya and Ariyeh Horesh and is serviced by over 100 Israeli doctors, nurses and staff. The hospital provides medical treatment for underprivileged residents of Equatorial Guinea and other neighboring African countries.

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