This week, a urology mission from the USA is volunteering in Rafidiah Hospital in the West Bank town of Nablus. This is a cooperative mission with the International Volunteers of Urology (IVU), an American NGO who we have partnered with for many years in Palestine.
This week, three-month-old Ghala Abo_Hasheesh from the Baqqa Refugee Camp in Jordan was sponsored through the PCRF's one-time sponsorship program for ophthalmic surgery by Dr. Shadi Alkhateeb at Roya Center in Amman.
This week, six-year-old Ahmad Ali, a Syrian refugee living in Irbid in northern Jordan had urological surgery by Dr. Malik Khaswaneh at Irbid Islamic Hospital.
This week, Dr. Todd Heaton, a pediatric surgeon from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York returned to the Palestine Medical Complex in the West Bank town of Ramallah to provide surgery on patients and training for local surgeons.
This week a three-member team of doctors from Brazil returned to Palestine through the PCRF to volunteer in providing hand surgery on patients at Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus.
This week, two urological surgeons from New York, Dr. Joel DeCastro an Asistant Professor of Urology at Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Laura Leddy, a urologic and reconstructive surgeon from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, returned to Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir El Balah to provide complex surgery for patients, as well as training for local doctors.
This week, two professors of surgery are volunteering their time at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza to treat patients and train local doctors in laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Mario Meinero and Dr. Gianluigi Melotti from Italy also participated last week in the 5th conference of surgery in Palestine.
Last week, The Little Wings Foundation from Dubai completed a volunteer pediatric orthopedic surgery mission to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis. Led by pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. Marc Sinclair, the team included hand surgeon Dr. Christiana Savvidou, OR nurse Gillian Beale and mission coordinator Seonaid Biagioni.
Omar Baroud, 10 years old, Palestinian child living in Gaza refugee camp in north Jordan. He had an accident and lose his right eye. The PCRF sponsored Omar's cornea transplant surgery by Dr. Mustafa Mhyar at Khaldi Hospital in Amman.
After three major surgeries and months of therapy, teenager Qais Doudin is going back to his family in the West Bank town of Hebron. He spent his young life suffering from a congenital deformity in both his legs, which could not be treated in Palestine.
Eleven-year-old Abrar Allahham, thirteen-year-Raghd Almusaddar, and seven-year-old Qossay Sallout arrived to the USA on April 14, where they will get free medical care arranged by the PCRF that they cannot get in Gaza.
This week, Dr. Francis Nathan from Adelaide, Australia returned to Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus to continue his work in providing eye-saving surgery on poor and needy patients, as well as to help train local staff.
This week, a three-member volunteer surgery team from Santiago, Chile arrived in the West Bank town of Bethlahem to start a mission providing urological and pediatric surgery for children in need. Led by urological and oncological surgeon Prof. Francisco Ossandon, and including pediatric surgeon Dr. Maria Consuelo Sierralta and anesthesiologist Dr. Haydee Osses, the team are working in Beit Jala Hospital, where the PCRF built and opened the Huda Al Masri Pediatric Cancer Department in 2013.
On April 12, Nineteen-year-old Omar Shourti received his long-awaited life-saving heart transplant, exactly two months since he and his father traveled from the West Bank town of Nablus to the Fortis Hospital in Chennai, India, where a team of specialists led by Dr. Suresh Roa prepared him for treatment. The PCRF also sent him to India in 2016 for the same operation but he returned home to Palestine without surgery because he was showing promising signs with the medication.
Fifteen-year-old Mohammed Al Qonfod from Gaza was diagnosed with kidney dysfunction and was in need of a kidney transplant to help save his life.
This week, Dr. Tim Keenan, an arthroscopic surgeon from Perth, Australia, returned to Palestine to continue to volunteer with the PCRF.
This week Fifteen-year-old Rawan Ghoul from Jenin underwent her second stage reconstructive surgery in Dubai, this time for her arm.
This week, Italian nurse Letizia Gualdoni arrived to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to start a week-long training course for the nurses in the pediatric intensive care unit.
This week, a pediatric surgery mission from Mansoura University Hospital in Egypt returned to treat refugee children at Safad Hospital in Badawi refugee camp.
This week, a three-member team of volunteer dentists returned to the West Bank town of Qalqilya to provide dental care for special needs children. Led by Dr. Bilal Saib, a dental surgeon from North Carolina on his 18th volunteer mission with the PCRF, the team also included returning volunteers Dr. Rana Muwahid, a dentist from both the UK and Dubai and dental hygienists Faten Isayed from New Jersey.
The PCRF would like to thank our Dallas chapter and community volunteers for raising money needed to gift Mera Amarneh from Jenin a specialized wheelchair. Mera was born with spina bifida, which has impacted her ability to walk, and this wheelchair was customized to meet her specific needs to ensure comfort and convenience.
13-year-old Reem Sarar is a Palestinian refugee in Jordan who was sponsored through the PCRF's One-Time Sponsorship Program for ophthalmic surgery by Dr. Shadi Alkhateeb at Roya Center.
This week, 20-day-old Anood Abo Safra from the Gaza refugee camp north of Jordan was sponsored by the PCRF for excision of lumbar dermal sinus by Dr. Mohmmed Hyasat at IRBID Speciality Hospital.
This week 15-year-old Rawan Ghoul from the West Bank town of Jenin underwent reconstructive surgery at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital in Dubai, UAE. Ten years ago Rawan suffered second and third degree burns on various parts of her body after scalding water fell on her. This is her third trip to Dubai for surgery.
Fourteen-year-old Manar Asafra from the West Bank town of Hebron sustained a trauma injury to her eye while playing with her sister in 2009. She lost vision in her left eye and was sent this week by the PCRF to northern California, where she will soon begin treatment under the care of Dr. Stuart Seiff and Dr. Ali Zaidi at the Pacific Eye Associates.
15-year-old Mohammed Al Qonfod from Gaza was diagnosed with kidney dysfunction and is in need of a kidney transplant to help save his life. The PCRF sent Mohammed and his family back to Jordan this week where he is scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant procedure.
The PCRF recently sponsored ENT surgery for 17 Syrian refugee children who are residing in Mafraq, north of Jordan.
This week, a three-member team of doctors from Chile arrived in the West Bank town of Tulkarem to provide dental care for special needs patients. This is their third volunteer mission to the West Bank for the PCRF.
This week, German Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Christian Schamberg returned on his second volunteer mission to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis to provide training for local surgeons and to treat patients with limb injuries and deformities.
This week, Dr. Sahar Al Rayyes, a pediatric dental surgeon from Chicago, returned to Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip to provide dental surgeries for needy children. Dr. Sahar has been volunteering for more than ten years with the PCRF and she has conducted dozens of surgeries and hundreds of screening for handicapped children, cancer patients, sick and poor children who are unable cover of cost of treatment.
This week, Dr. Rebecca Bahadori from Frankfurt, Germany returned to Gaza to continue her support and training for local mental health professionals, which is part of the PCRF's effort to help support children and their families impacted by war and occupation.
14-year-old Manar Asafra from Hebron lost her eye eight years ago from a traumatic injury. This week, the PCRF sent her to the Bay Area of northern California, where she will be evaluated and treated, including receiving a prosthetic eye.
This week, volunteer PCRF physician Dr. Stefano Spinelli completed his studies and discussed a final dissertation, which was titled "Emergency-Urgency clinical ultrasound in low resources settings: the experience of the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis".
This week, 20-month-old Mohammed Alhamd, a Syrian refugee from Aleppo living in Mafraq north of Jordan, underwent major skull reconstructive syrgery at Irbid Specialty Hospital by Dr. Mahmmed Hyasat.
This week, six-year-old Ahmad Abo Saleh, a Palestinian living in the Gaza refugee camp in northern Jordan, and three-year-old Mohammed Obaid, a Syrian refugee living in Zaatari, both underwent pediatric urological surgery at Al-Harmeen Hospital by Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Bousta through the PCRF's "One Time Sponsorship" Program.
In January, 16-year-old Adel Tarhini from Beirut underwent corrective backbone surgery by Dr. Rachid Haidar at the American University of Beirut Medical Center last January.
This week, the PCRF sponsored 3-year-old Shrouq Awad, a refugee from Homs in Syria who lives now in northern Jordan, for orthopedic surgery through our "One Time Sponsorship" Program.
This week, nine-year-old Huda Al Ali from Deraa had pediatric surgery by Dr. Maen Masarwh at Luzmila Hospital in Amman. The refugee girl suffered from a ventral hernia, and was treated through the PCRF's Syrian Children's Relief Fund, which has helped provide hundreds of Syrian refugee children medical care in Jordan and Lebanon.
This week, a ten-member team of doctors and nurses from New Zealand returned to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to provide life-saving open-heart surgery for sick children with congenital heart disease.
This week, Loma Linda Hospital in California Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Assad Alhroob began providing interventional pediatric cardiac care in the catheterization lab in the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis.
Work has started to add protective flooring, sponsored by the PCRF, at the Just Childhood Nursery in the Shatila Refugee Camp, in Beirut Lebanon. Shatila was where thousands of Palestinian refugees were massacred in 1982, and tens of thousands of Palestinian and Syrians live in impoverished conditions today.
Part of the PCRF's mission is to provide training and experience for local doctors and nurses. Our goal is to not just do surgery on children but to also help teach and develop the ability of our Palestinian brethren in the Middle East to better care for their own children.
On March 18, the PCRF hosted the International Palestinian Cardiac Relief Organization (IPCRO) meeting in Ramallah. This is a team of international and local consultants who volunteer their time to help build a pediatric cardiac surgery program to serve the hundreds of children each year who are born with heart defects in the occupied territories.
This week, two nurses from Spain - Oscar Dominguez Lopez and Carmen García Perez - from the Hospital Punta de Europa in Algeciras, Andalucia came to Palestine to start supporting the educational and training needs of ICU nurses in Rafidiah Hospital and later Jenin Hospital in the northern West Bank.
This week, the PCRF sponsored elevent operations today of Syrian refugees at Luzmila Hospital in Amman, Jordan. This is the first of three general pediatric surgical packages to treat Syrian refugees, all of whom reside in Al Azraq and Zataari Camps.
This week, a large team of doctors and nurses from the USA, France and Palestine crossed into the Gaza Strip to start a week of life-saving open-heart surgery on children with congenital heart disease.
This week, the PCRF humanitarian team moved their mission to provide winter blankets, LED lights and flooring for poor refugees in Gaza moved to the southern Gaza Strip. Hundreds of children will get the much-needed supplies that will help them endure the cold winter months in Palestine.
18-year-old Qais Doudin from the West Bank town of Hebron was born with a congenital deformity in both legs. The PCRF sent him to Tampa nearly a year ago, where he underwent multiple surgeries on both his legs, including an amputation on his left leg.
15-year-old Rawan Ghoul from Jenin arrived to Dubai this week to continue her reconstructive surgery, after suffering severe burns ten years ago on her body.
This week, three year old Joori Abo Sardaneh from the Gaza refugee camp in northern Jordan underwent pediatric surgery by Dr.Malek Khaswaneh at Irbid Islamic Hospital through the PCRF's "One-Time Surgery Sponsorship" Program.
This week, a five-member team of Swiss doctors and nurses arrives in the West Bank town of Jenin to start a week of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgery on burned and injured patients.
This week, seventy poor children got eyeglasses in northern Gaza, through the sponsorship of our chapter in Tampal, FL. The glasses were distributed by our humanitarian projects team, and were supplied through Al Quds ophthalmic center, which first included ophthalmic examination to select the right lenses and the suitable frames.
This week, a five-member team of doctors from Italy arrived in Palestine to continue their volunteer efforts in providing expert pediatric pulmonary and respiratory surgery on babies from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
This week, ten-year-old Bahaa Baroud, a Palestinian refugee living in Gaza camp and six-year-old Rayan Basbous, a Syrian refugee living in Irbid, both underwent ophthalmic surgery by Dr. Tharaa Bani Domi at Roya Center.
This week, five-year-old Jana Habeeb, a refugee from Damascus, underwent ENT surgery by Dr. Mahmoud Alyan at Al-Hayat Hospital. Her surgery was arranged through our one-time sponsorship program, in which hundreds of Syrian children have had surgery arranged for them over the past year in Jordan and Lebanon.
The United Nations continues to refer Syrian refugee children to the PCRF in need of surgery, and thanks to our supporters all over the world, we continue to respond.
This week, the PCRF started it's biggest humanitarian project in Jordan, distributing hundreds of high-quality wheelchairs for poor and needy Jordanian children as well as refugees from Palestine and Syria.
This week five members of an American NGO called Deaf Planet Soul are volunteering throughout Lebanon to bring hearing aids and support to deaf refugee children.
This week, the PCRF joined with UNRWA and Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) to sponsor the life-saving open-heart surgery for two-year-old Palestinian refugee from Syria, who is now living in Badawi camp near Tripoli, Alaa Hussein.
The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is celebrating 25 years of saving lives as a nonprofit humanitarian organization in the Middle East. What started as a personal effort for our CEO, Steve Sosebee, as a journalist who arranged free care in Ohio for an injured brother and sister from Hebron, has evolved over the past two-and-a-half decades into one of the most effective, efficient and transparent organizations in the Middle East.
This week, the PCRF Lebanon office began the first phase of it's Winter Relief Project for Syrian refugees in the Bekka Valley in Lebanon. The team targetted three informal refugee settlements in Baalbeck, Riyak, and Al Marj, providing dozens of Syrian families blankets, mattresses and stoves to help their children manage with the harsh winter climate.
This week, 20-month-old Moyed Qonbs, a refugee from Homs, underwent major skull reconstructive surgery at the Irbid Speciality Hospital by Dr.Mahmmed Hyasat.
This week, Canadian clinical nurse Tracy Glenn is at the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis with an American pediatric surgery team giving lectures to the local doctors and nurses. on postanesthesia care for patients.
This week, two volunteer maxillofacial surgeons from Brazil came to the West Bank hospital of Rafidiah in Nablus to provide maxillofacial surgery for needy patients.
Ranea Hegeh is a ten year old Palestinian girl from Hebron. After arriving to Chicago a little over a month ago, she embarked on the journey to return to her family and home. She underwent treatment to receive a brand new customized prosthetic leg at the Ann and Robert H Luries Hospital.
On March 7, Arab Idol winner Yacoub Shaheen visited the PCRF's Huda Al Masri Pediatric Cancer Department in Beit Jala. The singer spent time with the child patients who are currently in the department for treatment.
This week, the PCRF continued the treatment of five-year-old Moneer Qassem from Tulkarem, who was born with a congenital deformity of his leg and had his left lower limb amputated by Dr. Anna Cuomo during her volunteer pediatric orthopedic surgery mission to the Palestine Medical Complex last October.
This week, a six-member team of doctors and nurses from the USA arrived in the Gaza Strip to provide surgery on children with injuries and congenital malformations. Led by returning volunteer surgeon from the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA Dr. Angel Hanna, anesthesiologists Dr. Michelle Barnes and Dr. Mark Reed, surgical technician and assistant Annette Augustine, RN Clinical Nurse Leader Post Anesthesia Care Unit Tracy Glenn, and OR nurse Christie Jucht.
The San Francisco - Bay Area Chapter has spear headed the latest extension of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund’s capabilities, with the #PCRFTechEd Program. This course will educate previously treated children on the fundamentals of technology by assembling their own Kano Computing kit.
This week, a three-member team of hand surgeons from Paris, France returned to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City to continue their decades-long volunteering for the PCRF.
This week, Dr. Morika Diachi returned from Tokyo, Japan to start another week of plastic and reconstructive surgery on patients at the Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem, West Bank.
Four-year-old Jana Gazaleh, a refugee from Deraa is southern Syria, was sponsored this week by the PCRF for tonsillectomy surgery by Dr. Mahmoud Alyan at Al-Hayat Hospital in Jordan.
This week, through our One-Time Surgery Sponsorship Program, the PCRF arranged surgery for nine Syrian refugee children. Abdulhadi Moussa, Ahmad Al Suleiman, Hussein Al Ramadan, Salha Taijan, Rahaf Ibrahim, Ahmad Al Mohammad, Youssef Nouflieh, Samer Khamis, and Baraa Khadija are all from Homs, Damascus, and Aleppo living in Beirut and South Lebanon.
This week, four-year-old Walid Al Wahab from Aleppo was sponsored for orchidopexy surgery for undescended testicles at Rafik Hariri Governmental Hospital in Beirut.
12-year-old Ahmad Jassem from Deyr Al Zour in Syria was sponsored for ophthalmic surgery for the left eye by Dr. Chadi Awwad at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.
This week, a nine-member team of doctors and nurses from Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal volunteered their time to provide life-saving care for Palestinian babies born with congenital heart disease. Led by surgeon Dr. Amir-Reza Hosseinpour, who volunteered also in 2016, and operates in Seville, Spain
Six-year-old Yousef Obaid and 17-year-old Areej Alhinidi, Syrian refugees from Azraq camp escaped the war to live in Mafraq city in northern Jordan This week the PCRF sponsored both for urological surgery at Al-Harmeen Hospital by Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Bousta and Dr. Najih Alomari.
This week, a four-member team of hand surgeons began a week of volunteering for the PCRF at Alian Hospital in the West Bank town of Hebron. Led by returning hand surgeon, Dr. Rui Ferreira from SOS MÃO Recife Rua Minas Gerais in Brazil, and including surgeon Dr. Constanza Moreno Serrano from Hospital Universitario Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá
On February 20th, the first dialysis session at the new Palestine Red Crescent Society kidney care unit in the Beddawi refugee camp was provided to a patient in need. The new department started on a small scale of three patients, and will soon grow to care for thirty-one refugees who currently have to travel hours to Beirut or Saida a few times a week for dialysis care.
This week, Merlin Nathan, an occupational therapist from Australia, returned to Lebanon to help treat disabled refugee children and to train personnel in local NGOs in Northern Lebanon, while her husband Dr. Francis Nathan provides sight-saving surgery. Merlin has volunteered on many past missions for the PCRF to Lebanon and Palestine.
Anwar Barash is an 18 yr old girl from Ramallah who was only three years old when she was accidently burned by boiling oil on her head, leaving her scarred and in need of reconstructive surgery.
11-year-old Mira Amarna is a from the West Bank town of Jenin who was born with a back deformity that she could not be treated in Palestine. The PCRF sent the girl with her mother to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas Texas, where she has been receiving specialized care to treat her spina bifida.
This week, Dr. Frances Nathan, an ophthalmic surgeon who has been on nearly 20 volunteer missions for the PCRF in the Middle East, saving the sight of thousands of poor people, started a volunteer mission at Al Bashaer Center located in Tripoli in northern Lebanon.
This week, the PCRF humanitarian projects department provide 50 oxygen flowmeter and 500 Oxygen Nebulizers to the neonatal department in Al Naser Hospital in Gaza. These devices are to be used urgently for the newborn babies in need of support that they otherwise cannot get locally due to the lack of materials and medicine in Gaza.
This week, four-year-old Hazar Alhafyan, a Syrian refugee living in Jordan, was sponsored through the PCRF's One-Time Sponsorship Program to undergo left femoral surgery at Istishari Hospital by Dr. Munther Soudi. Thanks to all of our donors for helping to support this child's operation.
This week, eight-year-old Ali Alhariri Alhariri, a Syrian refugee living in Irbid in northern Jordan, underwent for orthopedic surgery at Society Rosary Sister Hospital through the support of the PCRF's One-Time Sponsorship Program.
Four years ago Nineteen-year-old Omar Shourti from the West Bank town of Nablus was diagnosed with complete heart failure, and his only chance to survive is a heart transplant surgery, which is not available to him in Palestine. Last January the PCRF sent Omar to India, where he was expected to undergo a heart transplant.
This week, three refugee children from Syria were sponsored for ENT surgery at At Jabl Alzytoneh Hospital by Dr. Ali Shraa. 10-year-old Ammar Radi, 5-year-old Byan Radi, and 7-year-old Hamza Alfairs were sponsored for surgery through the PCRF's "One-Time Sponsorship Surgery Program"
Through our One-Time Surgery Sponsorship Program, three-year-old Ahmad Ismaeel Abo Saleh, a Palestinian refugee living in the Gaza Camp in northern Jordan, underwent complex urological surgery this week at Al-Harmeen Hospital.
10-year-old Ranea from Hebron arrived in Chicago this week to be fitted for a new prosthetic leg. She is being cared for by Lurie Children's Hospital, who are sponsoring her treatment.
This week, a four-member team of doctors moved their mission from Jordan to Lebanon to provide maxillofacial surgery on Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
This week, Dr. Reem Jayyousi, a Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Audit lead for the Department of Nephrology, Leicester John Walls Renal Unit at the University of Leicester in the UK, has been in the West Bank visiting departments of nephrology to assess their material and human resource needs in an effort to help improve the quality of care in Palestine.
This week, a three-member team of surgeons from North and South American started operating on refugee children in Jordan with cleft lip and palate deformities.
This week, a six-member team of doctors and nurses from Bergamo, Italy returned to Palestine to volunteer in treating children in need of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Led by Dr. Enrico Robotti, the Chief of the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Ospedali Riuniti di Bergamo, and includes surgeons Dr. Bernardo Righi and Dr. Omar Jaber, anesthesiologist Dr. Alberto Benigni, and nurses Isabella Pesenti and Elisabetta Piazzalunga.
This week, San Francisco Bay area pediatric cardiologist Dr. Mike Cooper returned to the Huda Al Masri Pediatric Cancer Department in Beit Jala Hospital in Bethlehem to provide echocardiography screening for patients, as well as continued training for local patients.
This week, the PCRF field workers are distributing hygiene kits for poor and needy children throughout the West Bank.
This week, one-year-old Mohammed Ikrad a Syrian refugee living in Ramtha north of Jordan. He was sponsored through our "One-Time Sponsorship Program" pediatric urological surgery at Istikhlal Hospital by Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Bousta.
This week, four-year-old Islam Mari, a Syrian refugee from Dera'a living in Amman was sponsored by the PCRF for ENT surgery.
This week, ten-year-old Mustafa Odai Hasan, an Iraqi child living in Irbid, northern Jordan, was sponsored by the PCRF for urological surgery at Istikhlal Hospital by Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Bousta.
This week, nine-month-old Adam Rahmon, a refugee from Dera'a in southern Syria and living in Amman, was sponsored for pediatric neurosurgery to help correct his hydrocephalus.
This week, Dr. Munther Alaiwat, a Professor in the Department of OBGYN at Michigan State University, is volunteering to train local doctors in a variety of surgical and medical practices at Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus.
Ten-month-old Mustafa Hasanein, a refugee from the Palestinian Al Bass camp in Tyre, was sponsored by the PCRF for open-heart surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center by Dr. Issam Al Rassi. The child's care was arranged through our one-time sponsorship program.
17-month-old Qasem Qonbs is a Syrian refugee living in the Jordanian town of Irbid in who was sponsored by the PCRF through our one-time sponsorship campaign for urological surgery at Shmesani Hospital by Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Bousta.
Nearly four months after arriving to Chicago for major surgery, five-year-old Tayyem Daher returned to his home in Gaza. He was born with a vascular lesion on the left side of his face, and traveled with his mom to Chicago, where he received underwent a major life changing surgery to remove the lesion.
16-year-old Waad Alzaery, was shot near the Gaza border fence by a sniper in 2015 and lost his leg. Last month the PCRF sent him to Boston, where he is currently being fitted with a new prosthetic leg and learning to walk again.
Three months after arriving to the USA, 14-year-old Ameer Khanfar returned home to Nablus after recovering from complicated and risky back surgery in Dallas, Texas.
This week, two maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Pauline Nicol and Dr. Quentin Qassemyar from the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif/Paris, began a mission at Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip to provide training for local surgeons and treating complex patients with various deformities and injuries.
This week, Dr. Andrea Carobbi, a Professor of Surgery at the University of Pisa in Italy, returned to the European Gaza Hospital, where he continues to support the training of local surgeons in new surgical techniques in laparoscopic surgery.
Seventeen-year-old Sara Abou Shabab from the Gaza Refugee Camp in Jordan was six years old when she fell and injured her fact. She has since undergone three maxillofacial operations.
This week, Dr. Pietro Massei, the Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Hospital of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy returned to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis/Gaza to provide a week of complex reconstructive surgery on burned and need patients. Also joining him is volunteer surgeon Dr. Ileana Petrovic.
This week, the PCRF sponsored two Iraqi children to go to India for life-saving open-heart surgery. 13-month-old Zainab Abdulghani and 19-month-old Umalbaneen Alzubaidi were born with heart defects, and both girls desperately need open-heart surgery to survive. The PCRF cooperated again with The Chain of Hope UK charity to send the girls and their mothers to Bangalore for surgery.
This week, the PCRF's central Gaza office started distributing of winter clothing for hundreds of poor and needy children.
Following an appeal by the PCRF to sponsor the open-heart surgery for 10-month-old Mustafa Hasanein, a Palestinian refugee from Al Bass camp inTyre, an urgent open-heart surgery was done at the American University of Beirut Medical Center by Dr. Issam Al Rassi.
18-month old Rawan Al-Kubaisi was born with a heart defect that could not be treated in her war-torn country of Iraq. Due to the internal conflict there, her family were displaced and were unable to arrange this complicated and risky surgery.
Five-year-old Tayyem Daher from Gaza was born with a vascular lesion on the left side of his face, which could not be treated in Palestine. Two months ago he went to Chicago for specialized surgery.
This week, the PCRF joined with UNRWA, The Health Care Society, the Palestinian Security Fund, and Ajialouna to support life-saving open-heart surgery for five-month-old Tala Hawili from the Mar Elias refugee camp in Beirut. The baby underwent cardiac surgery at Hammoud Hospital by Dr. Issam Al Rassi, and was supported on our part through donors in our one-time sponsorship program.
This week, a team from Tuscany in Italy arrived at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to start providing children from the West Bank and Gaza Strip complex pediatric tracheal and pulmonary surgery that is otherwise not available to them locally. The team are helping to support and train local surgeon Dr. Nisreen Rumman, and in the past volunteered through the PCRF at Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem.
This week, the PCRF sponsored pediatric surgeries for eight Syrian refugees in Lebanon. They were 7-year-old Abdul Rahman Debas, a Syrian refugee from Ghouta, Asmaa Khayat, a 12-year-old and Farah Khayat, 18-year-old Syrian child, both from Damascus, Kamel Al Shoueikh, a 10-year-old from Aleppo, Lamis Al Diraan, 18-year-old from Daraa, Mohammad Al Rajab a 9-year-old from Homs, Qamar Nashar a 9-year-old from Hamat, and Thuraya Dawoud a 5-year-old Qunaitera.
In October 2015 16-year-old Waad El Zerei, was shot in his right leg while walking near the Gaza border, resulting in an above-knee amputation. This week, the PCRF managed to get him to Boston, where he will be fitted with a new customized prosthetic leg which will enable him to walk again.
This week, the PCRF joined with the American NGO LEAP for our second mission to Lebanon to provide plastic and reconstructive surgery on children at Safad Hospital in the Badawi refugee camp. This mission to help ensure that Palestinian and Syrian refugee children get the care that they need, but which is otherwise not available to them locally.
This week, six-year-old Ibrahim Hajj Abdallah, a Syrian refugee in Beirut who is suffering from Neuroblastoma, underwent Autologous bone-marrow treatment at the American University of Beirut Medical Center under the care of Dr. Miguelle Abboud. The BMT was sponsored by PCRF, AUBMC access, and a private donor.
This week, Dr. Zeena Salman, a pediatric oncologist who is overseeing the medical consulting for the two PCRF pediatric cancer departments, returned to the Gaza Strip to assess the current status of the Dr. Musa and Suhail Nasir Gaza Pediatric Cancer Department that is in the process of being built.
This week, Canadian pediatric surgeon Dr. Jason Howard returned to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to participate in the training of local surgeons in the PCRF's Pediatric Orthopedic Educational and Training (POET) program.
Five-year-old Nada Al Saab is a Syrian refugee living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She was born with cerebral palsy which resulted in impairments in her lower limbs. She recently underwent surgery to lengthen the knee and heel tendons at the Jeddah New Clinic. The girl will remain in a cast for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.
This week, the Italian chapter of the PCRF sponsored a project to provide dozens of refugee children from Syria who are residing in Gaza school bags. The PCRF has a project to provide Syrian refugee children in Gaza sponsorship to help with their medical and humanitarian needs.
Five-year-old Limar Qasem is a Syrian refugee living in Jordan who the PCRF sent in 2014 to Prof. Carlo Vosa in Naples, Italy for life-saving open-heart surgery. She also suffers from Scoliosis, and was sponsored by the PCRF in 2016 through our One-Time Sponsorship program to receive a brace for her spine. Today she visited Dr. Munther Soudi for a follow-up and is doing great.
Fourteen-year-old Ameer Khanfar from the West Bank town of Nablus is recovering in Dallas, Texas after traveling to the Scottish Rite Hospital there through the PCRF to correct his severe congenital scoliosis. He had had fusion surgery at the age of five and needed a second surgery six months later to remove the rods due to an infection.
Three-year-old Adel Alkor is a Syrian refugee from Daraa whose family fled to Jordan to escape the war in his homeland. We was sponsored by the PCRF yesterday for pediatric urological surgery at Al-Hayat Hospital by Dr. Ali Alamayreh, who has treated several of our children over the past year.
Syrian refugees inside Turkish camps will receive much-needed supplies and necessities to help them through the upcoming cold winter months. A statewide effort was coordinated Palestine Children's Relief Fund Delaware chapter to fill a 40-foot shipping container with supplies for the refugees.
Eighteen-month-old Rawan Al-Kubaisi was born with a defected heart which needed urgent life-saving surgery. The family are internal refugees from war-torn Fallujah currently living in Erbil in northern Iraq. The PCRF helped to sponsor her treatment with the Chain of Hope in the UK to send her to Banaglore for an urgent open-heart surgery, where this week she underwent complicated and risky surgery needed to save her life at the Narayana Hospital. She is currently healing and is expected to recover fully soon.
This week, nine-year-old Ali Safia, a Lebanese child from Nabatieh, underwent epilepsy surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center by Dr. Marwan Najjar. The PCRF shared in the costs of this operation with the Ajialouna and Al Shefa organizations, as well as the Banin Foundation.
This week, 10-month-old Asmaa Awdi, a Palestinian refugee from the Baddawi camps near Tripoli, had open-heart surgery at Rasoul Al Aazam Hospital by Dr. Mohammad Saab. The girl's life-saving procedures was shared in cost by UNRWA, and the Health Care Society, through our one-time sponsorship program.
This week, the PCRF joined with the UNHCRF and Brave Heart Fund to cover the cost of life-saving open-heart surgery for one-year-old Malak Koussani, a Syrian refugee from Daraa living in Lebanon. She underwent surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center by Dr. Issam Al Rassi.
This week, four-year-old Naser Abo Adreh and two-year-old Gana Faris, both Palestinians from the Gaza Refugee Camp north of Amman, were sponsored for pediatric urological this week at Shmesani Hospital by Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Bousta through our one-time sponsorship program.
After two days of surgery at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, American surgeon Dr. Mark Ray and his team from Tennessee crossed into Gaza to start providing cleft lip and palate repair surgery on children at Al Shifa Hospital.
This week, three dental teams are in the northern West Bank from the UK charity Dental Aid Network (DAN), who the PCRF has partnered in the past to help treat children with special needs. In Nablus, the team have three volunteers from the UK: Coordinator Dr. Ferhan Ahmed, Dental Therapist Dr. David Plews and dentist Dr. Helen Rodgers, Local volunteer dentist Dr. Majd Barhoum also has joined.
This week, a container of winter clothing and other basic necessities arrived in the Gaza Strip for distribution to poor and needy families through the PCRF's humanitarian staff. This is a joint project with Brigham Young University in East Jerusalem and the Physicians for Human Rights.
This week, a three-member team of dentists from Chicago returned to Beit Jala Hospital to provide care for special needs patients. Led by Dr. Sahar Al-Rayyes, the team included Dr. Anna Ashli-Compton and Dr. Haider Aljewari, who are helping many children from the Huda Al Masri Pediatric Cancer Department get dental care that otherwise is not readily available to them in Palestine.
Eighteen-year-old Nima Freij from Gaza returned home this week after a month of surgery and follow-up in Dubai. In 2009 Nima suffered from an explosive injury to her leg and was sent in November by the PCRF to Dubai where she underwent reconstructive surgery to correct a deformity in her leg.
This week, three-year-old Tiam Hasan, and five-year-olds Muneeb Musleh and Omar Alkafri, all three Syrian refugees living in Irbid in northern Jordan, were sponsored through the PCRF's Syrian Children's Relief Project for Urological surgery by Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Bousta at Shmesani Hospital Amman.
Eight-year-old Omar Bakkar is a Syrian from Homs living in Al-Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. The PCRF sponsored his urological surgery this week by Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Bousta at Shmesani Hospital in Amman.
Three-year-old Ahmad Al-Hariri is a Syrian refugee from Deraa living in Baqaa/Amman who the PCRF sponsored this week for urological surgery surgery at Luzmila Hospital by Dr. Maen Masarwh.
Layth Jallow is a 17-year-old from Iraq who was brought to Los Angeles by the PCRF to correct the congenital deformity in both his legs, which caused him pain and prevented him from walking normally. A few months ago he underwent surgery and had an external leg fixator attached to correct his deformity.
Ahd Hamdan first arrived to Los Angeles about two years ago for surgery and an artificial limb through the PCRF after she was born with a deformed leg. She has since outgrown her old leg, and is now six years old, so this month the PCRF brought her back to the Shriners Hospital, where she will be fitted with a brand new prosthetic leg.
This week, a three-member team from California are operating on patients with neurological and spine issues at Rafidiah Hospital in the West Bank town of Nablus.
This month, the Bank of Jordan Palestine office has sponsored the distribution of humanitarian aid to the most hardship cases in the Gaza Strip, through our offices there and under the direction of our humanitarian projects team.
This week, 17-year-old Asmaa Youssef, a Palestinian refugee who was raised in Hamat/Syria underwent white Cataract surgery on her right eye by Dr. Roula Hamam at the University of Beirut University Medical Center.
This week, a five-member team of Italian doctors arrived to start a ten-day mission of workshops and lectures in emergency medicine and anesthesia care at the European Gaza Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip.
This week, the PCRF sent a pediatric surgery team from Eygpt to Lebanon to operate on refugee children in need of specialized care that they otherwise cannot get locally.
This week, three brothers from the Aljanadi family who are refugees from Syria residing in Jordan were sponsored for pediatric surgery through the #promise4syria campaign. 14-year-old Khaleel, 9-year-old Mohammed, and 3-year-old Hamza were sent by the PCRF from Al Zaatari refugee camp to Al-Hayat Hospital by Dr.Abd-Alnaser Shnaqat.
Through the support of the PCRF Chicago Chapter, the PCRF recently funded the rehabilitation of a surgical recovery room at Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus. This is part of the PCRF's ongoing efforts to identify areas within the Palestinian health care sector to improve, both in human resources and also in infrastructure development.
This week, the PCRF team in Lebanon began to distribute nebulizers for children with breathing problems in cooperation with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)at the Ghrass El-Khier Center in the Bekaa Valley.
Ten-year-old Hussam Al-Khlaf, a Syrian refugee from Aleppo living in Al Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, was sponsored for pediatric urological surgery at Al-Hayat Hospital by Dr. Albd-Alnaser Shnaqat through the PCRF's #promise4syria campaign.
Four-year-old Ayeh Awed is a bedouin from Syria whose family fled the war there to seek refuge near Mafraq in northern Jordan. The PCRF sponsored this week pediatric surgery for the child through our #promise4Syria program at Al-Hayat Hospital by Dr. Daoud Al-Muhtaseb.
This week, an Italian pediatric cardiac surgery team arrives in the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to start providing open-heart surgery on sick children.
This week, the PCRF distributed first-aid kits as part of our humanitarian projects to help support the needs of the poor and needy population in the West Bank.
This week, hand surgeon Dr. Jose Monsivais from Texas, Anesthesiologist Dr. Kevin Healy from Florida and Portland-based nurse Theresa Bubb started operating on patients in Rafidiah Hospital in the West Bank town of Nablus.
After nearly two months of orthopedic treatment at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, four-year-old Marah from Gaza is on her way back home with her mother walking with her new prosthetic legs.
Last month, six-year-old Ahd Hamdan returned to Los Angeles to continue the orthopedic care that she started there through the PCRF two years ago.