Syrian Child's Heart Saved in Israel

June 4, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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Here’s a heartwarming story. Literally.

A young girl in Syria had a heart condition. Doctors said, left untreated, the girl would die. Yet there was no one to do the surgery.

Then the deadly civil war broke out and, like so many, the family became refugees.

Meanwhile, as CNN reported, the little girl’s “heart condition was slowly but surely starving her of oxygen.”

But then something happened.

An Israeli organization, Save a Child’s Heart, heard about the little girl. They wanted to help her. And they did. In an Israeli hospital.

Syria is technically at war with Israel, but that didn’t stop the Israeli doctors from operating to save her life.

As her grateful mother said, “My daughter has recovered. She’s so much better than before.”

She’s one of over 3,000 children, many from Arab countries, provided free heart surgery in Israel.

Israel. The more you know, the more you understand.

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This is David Harris of AJC.