Israeli doctors save life of Iraqi Christian toddler with heart defect

Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Maryam Mansour, an 18-month-old Iraqi Christian girl with a serious heart defect whose family fled the Islamic State terror group, received a lifesaving operation at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

Maryam was evacuated to Hadassah by the Shevet Achim organization, which works to secure treatment in Israel for children throughout the Middle East born with cardiac problems. Maryam underwent successful surgery at the hospital’s Pediatric Cardiology Department.

“This was a situation in which the heart problem was complicated and included the heart being located on the right side [of the body], a large hole between the ventricles, and other issues,” said the department’s head, Professor Azaria Rein, Israel Hayom reported.

Maryam’s mother, Lina, said after the operation, “I’m a little stressed because my daughter is hooked up to all sorts of machines, but the doctors told me she’s all right. I really miss my other children and my husband, who are in Iraq, but it’s important to me that the little one gets better.”

Posted on March 29, 2015 .