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Israeli Doctors and Spies Save 5-Year-Old Syrian Girl

Doctors at Rambam Hospital (Photo: Baz Ratner)

As a nation that treasures the sanctity of life, Israel has treated any Syrians who have sought help by crossing the border during their country's devastating civil war. Now, The Times of Israel tells the amazing story of how Israeli security forces and doctors at an IFCJ-supported hospital worked together to save the life of a young Syrian girl:

The girl arrived at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa in recent weeks with very serious wounds that she received after finding herself caught in a firefight between rival militias, according to an exclusive report Wednesday night on Channel 10.

Some two weeks after she arrived at the hospital, after her wounds had nearly healed, Rambam doctors discovered the young girl had cancer.

They refused to release her, insisting that they could not let her cancer go untreated. The girl had grown used to the hospital, and had friends among the other children being treated there, they said.

Security officials agreed.

And so a search began for a bone marrow donor, a search that led to a relative living in a Middle Eastern country designated an “enemy state” under Israeli law, a designation that prevented the relative from entering Israel.

It was at this point that Israel’s security services stepped in, mounting a secret operation in the enemy country that helped smuggle the relative out of that country and into Israel.

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