Feb 2017 theTower.org

Israeli Hospital

Sixteen deaf Palestinian children received cochlear implants at a Jerusalem hospital over the past year, giving them a chance to hear for the first time. The 16 children, all from the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, were treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem through a program organized by the Peres Center for Peace.

“The operations posed quite a logistical challenge,” said Dr. Michal Kaufmann, the surgeon who implanted the devices. “Many authorisations were required from the Defence Ministry, some of the children arrived without a medical record and required extensive tests at Hadassah, alongside the emotional and psychological treatment. These children couldn’t speak prior to the surgery, they were bereft of any supporting environment, uncommunicative. The surgery opened up their world, the ability to communicate and spread their wings.  We are happy to have been able to contribute to such a dramatic change in their lives.”