REPORT – Since its creation in 1995, the NGO Save a Child’s Heart has been saving young patients from regions of the world that do not have the medical infrastructure to help them.
Special envoy to Holon (Israel)
It’s a playground almost like the others, in the suburbs of Tel Aviv, where about thirty children are having fun on this September afternoon. Among them, Adam, a 3-year-old Gazaoui, Bienvenu, a 9-year-old Chadian and Mercy, a 15-year-old Ugandan. Their mothers, mostly covered with a colored veil, watch over them, sitting cross-legged a few meters away.
These children are among some 6,000 patients saved by the NGO Save a Child’s Heart (“Save the heart of a child”) since its creation in 1995 in Israel. They have in common to suffer from a serious heart disease, often congenital, which requires surgery. All come from countries or regions of the world (Afghanistan, Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Gaza, West Bank, etc.) which do not have the medical infrastructure to save them.
‘Last chance for treatment’
«It is often their last chance to be healed, explains Tamar Shapira, number two of the NGO. We take care of the child, not only…