Sticking to life, a Palestinian baby from Ramallah has become the very first recipient of a heart transplant of an Israeli-Jewish child.
Six months old, Musa, had been sent to Sheba's Safra Children's Hospital several times from a local Ramallah hospital in the West Bank, for treatment "after he was born with a variety of ailments, marked by tumors around the heart area, "Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer said in a statement.
But three months ago, Musa's condition began to deteriorate as his heart began to reach the failure of the "final stage."
The donor, an 18-month-old Jewish child, died of a chronic illness late last week, and after this, the transplant was finished.
Dr. David Mishaly, the head surgeon of Sheba Unit of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery, said in the statement that this was the first time that a heart transplant surgery was ever performed on such a young child in the hospital, "and the first time a Palestinian baby had ever received a heart transplant from a Jewish child. & # 39;
"There were several miracles associated with this complicated operation," explained Mishaly. "There is no such thing in the Palestinian Authority as a" organ donor or waiting list of organs. "While there are organ donor and waiting lists in Israel, there was no Israeli baby on the waiting list when the Palestinian baby, who became Musa was brought to Sheba in a very critical condition.
"By a play of fate a miracle, Musa, could receive the new heart of the Jewish child, whose parents had agreed to give the heart a few hours earlier," he said.
He added that the Sheba Medical Center "an island is an oasis of peace, where healing is the priority and everyone, no matter who he is, is treated equally, with dignity and respect."
Musa remains in critical condition and continues to fight for his life in the Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery department of the Sheba Medical Center at Safra Children's Hospital.
"Although it is a miracle that he survived the transplant operation, his condition is still unstable." Musa was very ill at first, "Mishaly said." Although Musa has a chance to survive, there are many of complications that we will have to deal with in the future. "
The grandmother of the little ones said she hopes to meet the Jewish family and to thank them for their kindness.