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The “Healing Hearts” Program in Palestine started in 1998, when we brought an American team to Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem to operate on babies born with heart defects. Since then, thousands of volunteer doctors and nurses from all over the work have volunteered their time and expert skills to save the lives of thousands of babies in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as to build a program that will develop sustainability and independent care for the hundreds of children born each year in Palestine with congenital heart disease. Our goal is to develop diagnostic, surgical and post-operative care for these children, as well as to train local staff and provide infrastructural support.
In April, 2004 the University of Ghent in Belgium hosted the first meeting for dozens of volunteer doctors and nurses from all over the world to plan for the long-term building and support for a pediatric cardiac surgery program in Palestine. Led by IPCRO’s first president – Professor Guido Van Nooten – IPCRO has since evolved into the main consulting partner of the PCRF, advising on missions, patient care, ICU protocols, infrastructural support and development. The goal of IPCRO is to build up services so that eventually these children can be treated in the PA MOH and not be transferred abroad for expensive and difficult care.
This program is to help provide care for more than 800 children born in Palestine a year facing this disease receive treatment and a chance to live another day.
Here are some of the children who we have helped to treat over the years
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