CA arranges transport of Palestinian to U.S. hospital for treatment

Civil Administration coordinates transport of a Palestinian boy suffering from kidney failure to a hospital in Boston after receiving treatment at an Israeli hospital

Date: 07/05/2012, 5:42 PM     Author: COGAT Website

The Civil Administration arranged for the transport of Yehia, a Palestinian boy from Bethlehem, to be treated at a hospital in Boston where he underwent a kidney transplant that saved his life.

The child was previously treated for kidney issues at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where he was undergoing dialysis treatment. Eventually, Israeli doctors diagnosed that Yehia was in need of a new kidney.

Yehia was supposed to receive a kidney donated by his father, though the doctors at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petakh Tikva (where the surgery was meant to take place) detected an organ incompatibility.

Subsequently, the Health Coordinator at the Civil Administration, Ms. Dalia Bassa, contacted a team at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a medical center specialized in kidney diseases, and arranged for Yehia to be treated and receive the transplant there.

The Civil Administration organized the trip, and Yehia flew to the US on January 13th 2012, where he stayed till April 24. Since his return, Yehia is undergoing frequent checkups at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.