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Gaza kids head to Israel for heart surgery

Six children from Gaza are headed to an Israeli hospital for life-saving heart surgery.

The children will be joined by seven more from the West Bank. Their care is being funded by the Israel-based charity Save a Child’s Heart.

All thirteen will arrive in the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon on Tuesday.

Children from Syria and troubled regions in Africa have also been treated at Wolfson as part of the program.

“These children are not our enemy,” the head nurse of Wolfson’s pediatric ICU, Irena, is quoted as saying in a press release. “It doesn’t matter where they are from. If these children do not come to Wolfson and receive treatment, they will have no chance to live.”

SACH supports a free pediatric cardiology clinic for Palestinian children at Wolfson every Tuesday. Dr. Akiva Tamir, chief cardiologist of the charity, insists “children are not part of the conflict. They are not my enemy and I am a doctor; my mission is to save lives of children in need.”

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