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German Orthopedic Surgeon Returns to Gaza

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. 

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Chicago Dentist Returns to Gaza

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. 

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German Doctor Returns to Help Train Mental Health Professionals in Gaza

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. 

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Injured Girl Arrives in the Bay Area for Ophthalmic Surgery

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.  

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University of Pisa Honors PCRF Doctor

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".  

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Aleppo Child Sponsored for Neurosurgery

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.  

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Two Refugee Children Sponsored for Surgery in Jordan

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. 

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Lebanese Boy Recovering Well from Surgery

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.  

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Syrian Girl has Surgery in Jordan

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.  

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Syrian Refugee Sponsored for Surgery in Jordan

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.  

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New Zealand Team Returns to Save Lives in Palestine

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. 

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Pediatric Cardiologist Provides Invasive Care in Gaza

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. 

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PCRF Helps Rehabilitate Nursery for Refugee Children in Lebanon

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. 

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PCRF Team Provides Training on Mission

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. 

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PCRF Hosts International Conference on Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

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. 

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Spanish Nurses Help train in Nablus and Jenin

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. 

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PCRF Partners with The Jordanian Paramedic Society to Treat Syrian Refugees

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. 

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International Cardiac Surgery Team Arrives in Gaza

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. 

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Humanitarian Winter Relief Project Moves to South Gaza

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. 

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Teen Walking After Several Surgeries in Tampa

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. 

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Burn Victim Returns to Dubai for Reconstructive Surgery

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. 

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Palestinian Refugee Sponsored for Surgery in Jordan

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. 

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Swiss Plastic Surgery Mission Arrives in Jenin

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. 

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PCRF Tampa Chapter Sponsor Eyeglasses for Gaza Children

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. 

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Italian Pediatric Pulmonary Mission Returns to Palestine

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. 

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Two Refugees Sponsored for Eye Surgery in Jordan

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. 

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Syrian Refugee Sponsored for Surgery in Jordan

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. 

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Fifteen Syrian Refugees Sponsored for Surgery in Jordan

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. 

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Wheelchair Shipments Arrive in Jordan for Refugee Children

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. 

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PCRF Partners with Deaf Planet Soul to Bring Hearing To Refugees

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. 

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Refugee Sponsored for Life-Saving Surgery in Lebanon

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. 

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PCRF Celebrates 25 Years of Saving Lives

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. 

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Winter Relief Project for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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.

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Syrian Baby Sponsored For Neurosurgery in Jordan

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. 

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Canadian Nurse Provides Training and Teaching in Gaza

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.

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Brazilian Maxillofacial Surgery Comes to Nablus

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.

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Palestinian Girl Returns Home with a new customized prosthetic leg

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.

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Arab Idol Winner Yacoub Shaheen Visits PCRF Cancer Department

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.

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PCRF Sponsors Amputee For New Leg in Palestine

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.

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American Pediatric Surgery Mission is in Gaza

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.

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PCRF - SF Bay Area Chapter #AramexitForward Win

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.

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French Hand Surgery Mission Returns to Gaza

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.

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Volunteer Plastic Surgeon Arrives from Tokyo

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.

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Syrian Girl Has Surgery in Jordan

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.

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Nine Syrian Refugee Children Treated in Lebanon

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.

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Syrian Child Sponsored for Surgery in 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.

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Syrian Boy Sponsored for Eye Surgery in Lebanon

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.