Life-saving surgery in Israel for Indonesian toddler

May 18, 2011 No Comments by

By Jennifer Lipman (www.thejc.com)

An 18-month-old boy from Indonesia is recovering in hospital after Israeli doctors at Tel Aviv’s Wolfson hospital performed life-saving surgery on his heart. Kevin, who also had surgery in Beersheva for a double cleft lip and palate, was flown to Israel for the vital medical treatment worth a total of nearly £8,000 by the charity Save a Child’s Heart (SACH). The Israeli aid organisation was founded in 1995 with the aim of bringing children from poorer countries to Israel for crucial operations.

After Kevin was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease as a newborn baby, a friend researched aid groups and contacted SACH for help. Four months later, he and his family were on a plane to Israel.

After the heart surgery the doctors were moved to operate on Kevin’s cleft lip after noticing that it had affected his sight, because the stigma meant he was rarely taken outside in the sunlight. Dr Akiva Tamir, head of pediatric cardiology at the Wolfson Hospital said: “Mending his heart was simply not enough. A child deserves to play outside, and to do so with dignity.”

To raise money to support similar work, a SACH team will climb Mount Kilimanjaro this summer.

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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