Iraqi Man Granted Entry to Israel to Be With Infant Son Battling Life-Threatening Heart Defect
An Iraqi man was granted permission this week to enter Israel to be with his 11-month-old son who is being treated for a life-threatening cardiac condition at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Thursday.
The boy was brought to Israel — along with his mother — around two months ago by the Shevet Achim organization, which arranges medical care at Israeli hospitals for children with congenital heart defects from around the Middle East.
In the past month, the boy’s health deteriorated, and doctors believe he will likely not survive.
With the approval of Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, the boy’s father was flown to Israel, arriving on Thursday, so he could join his wife and son at this difficult time.