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How Israel Helped a Wounded Syrian Girl

Last month, our Stand for Israel writer from Chicago visited the Holy Land and had the opportunity to see and hear how the IDF is performing acts of humanitarian aid on Israel's norther border. And now, The Jerusalem Post shares with us a story of how an IDF medical team saved the life of a young girl from Syria:

Professor Yitshak Kreiss, Director General of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, was on his way to the Golan Heights last Thursday to participate in the celebration when he received an urgent phone call from the IDF informing him about a severely wounded 10-year-old Syrian girl, who was the victim of an aerial bombing raid by the Syrian Air Force in the embattled Deraa region in southwest Syria. The girl's sister was killed in the raid, while her brother was also injured and taken to another medical facility somewhere in Syria.

The injured, unconscious girl and her mother were driven to the border with Israel, where an IDF medical team quickly performed an operation to stabilize her. The girl's multiple injuries were life threatening and she needed to be immediately airlifted to Sheba Medical Center.

Kreiss is a former brigadier general who prior to assuming his position at Sheba served as the IDF's Surgeon General, was directly responsible for setting up the Israeli military field hospital along the Syrian border. He left the Bat Mitzvah celebration for a nearby airfield on the Golan Heights where a helicopter from the Air Force’s elite 669 Combat Search & Rescue Unit was summoned to fly the Syrian girl and her mother to Sheba. Kreiss checked the girl's condition in an IDF ambulance before she was placed on the helicopter and alerted Sheba's Emergency Room staff in the Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital about her pending arrival.

After a battery of tests and intensive treatments, the young girl, who is called "Malik", was moved to Sheba’s pediatric intensive care unit, where she has begun to move her limbs and is awakening from her unconscious state. The prognosis for her recovery is "good" according to Dr. Itai Pessach, Sheba's Senior Pediatric Critical Care Physician, who is tending to Malik's injuries.

"She is suffering from multiple injuries, including head and chest trauma, burns, cuts and bruises. Though she remains in critical condition, we believe that she will live but face a long road to recovery," Pessach revealed...

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