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In Rare Procedure, Israeli Doctors Save Gazan Child From Paralysis

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Three-year-old Gazan boy Sliman recovers from surgery at Jerusalem's Hadassah Medical Center. Photo: Hadassah Medical Center.

Three-year-old Gazan boy Sliman recovers from surgery at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center. Photo: Hadassah Medical Center. – A rare procedure performed at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has prevented a 3-year-old Palestinian boy from the Gaza Strip from becoming paralyzed. The boy was released from the hospital walking on his own.

Sliman, 3, had developed a benign tumor in his chest, which not only interfered with his respiratory system but also caused a malformation in his spine and limited his range of motion. The tumor posed a risk of causing permanent paralysis in the lower extremities in the future.

This tumor is very rare with only a handful of recorded cases in medical history. It was the first such case to be seen in Israel. The doctors at the Hadassah Medical Center agreed to confront the challenge and decided on a two-stage approach.

The first stage involved a “stretching” of the skeleton with the use of weights in order to facilitate access to the tumor. In the second stage, the doctors excised the tumor as it pressed against the spine in the neck, threatening to cause neural damage at any minute.

During the complex, six-hour surgery, the part of the tumor that had encircled the spine was removed as well as part of the tumor that had grown into the spine. One of the vertebrae was also removed.

“This was a rare procedure not just on a national level, but on a global level,” said Dr. Joshua Schroeder, a senior orthopedic surgeon at Hadassah. “There is almost no documentation of this kind of repair anywhere in the world. Needless to say that this is the first procedure of its kind in Israel….The child arrived at Hadassah with obviously limited range of motion due to the malformation and also required close monitoring of the respiratory system because of the tumor that had spread from his chest to his neck vertebrae. We straightened his spine and alleviated the pressure by removing the tumor from around and inside the spine.”

The boy resumed walking and has been discharged from the hospital. Sliman’s father said that “the doctors at Hadassah were welcoming and helpful. They appear to be miracle workers, with the help of Allah. We are truly grateful.”

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  • Tzvi Alexander

    It is actions like this that help make me feel proud
    of being a Jew.

  • Hamilton

    “Evil Jewish Doctors Cut Open Innocent Palestinian Child”
    – Al Jazeera headline

  • Stanley Lerner

    Is it not possible for you send this to the new chairman of the National Union of Students;if there were no Israelis in Israel who would have saved this childs life;send it as well to Jeremy Corbin.

  • Ephraim

    I am glad they were able to save him. Of course now, in a few years, he can come back and try to blow up the hospital and kill the doctors and nurses who helped him, while his parents nod their approval, and Obama cheers from the sidelines.

    • Marco Redwolf

      Hopefully , in a few years Obama will not be cheering from anywhere and neither will Hillary. Sadly your prediction is probably correct. More than likely this family will be murdered by Hamas for consorting and cooperating with the Jews. The crime will be ” Making The Zionist Doctors Look Good “

  • Lia

    I’m more grateful than I can say, on behalf of this little boy. And so very proud of Israel! But I cannot help wondering what the relationship between his parents are … is there any form of guidance among muslims re the increased dangers of inherited diseases and malformation in first cousin & uncle-niece marriages?

  • Hillel

    Perhaps with the help of Allah he won’t train him up to bite the hand that feeds him like his parasitic mates in Hamas, Fatah and the rest of the jew hating world.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    What a wondrous good deed Dr. Schroder and his team have committed in saving this child’s life! Israel may be the only country in the entire world to engage in medical activities with its enemy and magnanimously save lives on its northern and southwestern borders. Such a truly humane commitment to the health of all people is noteworthy. It affords me even more reason to be a proud Israeli! Does the world know about this? It should!

  • Robyn

    I was cheering when I heard this. Great Job Israel. I wonder what the U.N and the so called mainstream media will say about it. Will they ignore it, or will they twist the facts to make this story look bad?!

    • Marco Redwolf

      The main stream media will not say anything about it because it flies in the face of the moral equivalency poster they have pasted over the truth. Any Jew who believes that the media is their friend should have their head examined. That applies as well to any Jew who will vote for Hillary Clinton or the self loathing Jew Bernie Sanders. The fact that our brethren helped put an Anti Israel US President in office for eight years should not be forgotten either.

  • Jay Lavine

    “Je le soignay, Dieu le guérit” (“I treated him, God cured him”) — Ambroise Paré

    I like the matter-of-fact description of the procedure, with no self-aggrandizement or attempt to gain personal or political mileage. It’s all done in the service of Hakadosh Baruch Hu and as a kedushat hashem. That’s Jewish Medicine.