Israeli hospital and Civil Administration save the life of a Palestinian boy

Civil Administration coordinates and subsidizes life-saving treatment in Israel for a Palestinian boy and many others

Date: 29/11/2011, 11:22 AM     Author: Civil Administration

Suffering from a chronic kidney disease, Abdullah Ramal crossed into Israel to undergo a life-saving surgery back in September. The five-year-old Palestinian underwent rigorous dialysis treatments at Shaarei Tzedek Hosptial before moving to Bellinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah for the kidney transplant.

His father, Ibrahim was able to donate a kidney to Abdullah with the help of the Israeli Civil Administration, which coordinated and financed both operations. The cost of the procedures and associated medicine was 380,000 NIS, 100% of which was paid for by the Civil Administration. Overall, the Civil Administration donated about 2.5 million shekels in 2011 to ensure organ transplants for 5 Palestinian families.
Only a few years earlier, Abdullah’s sister received a kidney donated by her mother. However, due to security concerns during the second intifada, movement across borders was highly restricted. Thus, the Ramal family had to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the procedure. Both transplants were successfully completed, however Abdullah’s transplant is emblematic of the fruits of increased security and stability, and signifies the efforts of the Civil Administration to promote coordination and cooperation.