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December 15, 2008

Israeli doctors save life of Iraqi girl

Israeli doctors have saved the life of an 8-year-old Iraqi girl.

According to Nexis , only covered this heartwarming story. Why does the mainstream media have no interest in such a human interest story?

The girl, named Alla, was born with several heart defects and was on the verge of death when she arrived in Israel. Iraqi hospitals had been unable to treat her, and Syria, Germany and Italy refused to help, citing citizenship or financial reasons. Doctors say she wouldn't have survived another two weeks without the surgery. The Israeli hospital is footing the entire bill for her treatment and rehabilitation.

The girl's mother commented: "When I arrived here I was only concerned about Alla, because they said the surgery is complex and she could die. I knew nothing about the people here or about Israel. The big surprise for me was to see the doctors playing with and warmly treating all the children, regardless of who they are. I am very touched and delighted by this."

Shevet Achim, the Israeli nonprofit that brought her to Israel, has assisted about 80 other Iraqi children, and Alla is the third Iraqi child brought to Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Doctors in Israel have also treated many Palestinian children and an Iranian child in recent years.

The original article is posted online at

- Stephen A. Silver

Posted by sas at December 15, 2008 12:38 PM


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