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Surgery without Borders

Photographer:Jim Hollander


The work done at an Israeli-based international humanitarian project 'Save's a Child's Heart' (SACH), whose mission is to provide heart surgeries and care for children from developing countries. An age-old Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – is literally at the HEART of a humanitarian project that provides cardiac surgery and care for children and builds political bridges for peace in the process. Children from regions not generally known as Israeli-friendly are also treated on a daily basis in their hospital in Holon – whether they are from Iraq, Palestine, (both West bank and the Gaza Strip). Many of the children's heart operations are simple procedures, such as repairing congenital holes within the heart, but many of these children die due to a lack of trained local medical staff. Last year SACH carried out some 280 heart surgeries, about half of which were on children from the Palestinian Authority areas. This ‘surgery without borders’ approach means that every child deserved the best medical treatment available- regardless of nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation.