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Syrian Refugee Undergoes a Life-Saving Surgery in Jordan

Islam was only twelve when he was diagnosed to have severe basilar invagination. He started feeling a weakness in all of his limbs and became nearly paralyzed. Four years later, Islam was seen during a mission by volunteer pediatric neurologist Dr. Scott Otallah, who advised surgery for the boy. This week, the PCRF partnered with Syrian American Medical Society and Molehm Team to cover Islam’s major surgery to fixate his skull and upper cervical vertebrae to decompress the brainstem and spinal cord. The surgery was done at Istishari Hospital by Dr. Mohammad Hyasat. The PCRF helps children regardless of their nationality or religion, based on their basic needs, and hundreds of Syrian refugee children like Islam have been operated on in 2017 through our continued support.