Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Israel’s Heart for Peace

At Hadassah Medical Center, a mixed team of Israeli and Palestinian cardiologists has cared for 607 Palestinian children since 2005, at no charge.

By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

Four years ago, a pregnant Palestinian woman from Hebron was referred to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. The mother suffered from the autoimmune disease lupus. Antibodies in her blood had crossed the placenta, causing heart blockage in her fetus.

“We delivered the baby and implanted a pacemaker immediately. She went home two or three weeks later and she’s healthy,” says Prof. Azaria JJT Rein, head of pediatric cardiology at Hadassah and cofounder of A Heart for Peace, a partnership with Hadassah for the care of Palestinian children suffering from congenital heart diseases.   
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