Good News from Israel

The negative news out of the Middle East seems to get worse every day. As someone determined to find and share positive, hope-filled stories of dignity and resilience, I took the challenge to uncover a diamond in the rough.

This story is not meant to underplay the heartbreaking violence. It is not pro-or-con-anything. Its purpose is simply to show a glimpse of love and possible peace in the region. It is also important to note that this is only one of many uplifting stories I was able to find. I hope to share more stories that highlight how a diverse array of organizations from all sides of the battle are helping to bring healing to their collective communities.

"We're all human," says Melissa Jane Kronfeld, Vice President of Save a Child's Heart Young Executive Board. "Regardless of what politics, news and faith tell us, this is us being human and helping other humans," she explains.

Save a Child's Heart (SACH) is an Israeli-based non-profit that provides life-saving pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries -- many of the young patients come from right across the border in Gaza, and other nearby countries that you might not expect a Jewish Israeli doctor to feel compelled to help pro-bono if you consider socio-political and religious differences alone. To date, SACH has saved over 3,000 children from 46 different countries -- including 1,200 Palestinian children.

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In addition to their work at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, outside of Tel Aviv, SACH volunteer doctors also travel the developing world to provide state-of-the-art open-heart surgeries and to train local physicians. They have even visited and trained the Palestinian Authority.

Kronfeld says that even when Palestinian-extremists are firing rockets near the hospital, SACH's dedicated doctors continue to work, helping save the lives of young Palestinian children.

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"We are hopeful that in addition to saving the children and the families we are building bridges between people and managing to narrow the gaps between the people, in a hope to reach peace eventually," says Dr Lior Sasson, SACH Lead Surgeon.

Photos courtesy Save a Child's Heart.

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