Israeli Doctor Helps 16 Deaf Palestinian Kids Hear

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Sixteen palestinian children were granted their sense of hearing thanks to the efforts of the Peres Center for Peace. The series of cochlear ear implant surgeries happened in a marathon style fashion and were performed in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.  

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The children were from Gaza and the West Bank, and though the surgery itself is becoming more common as a solution for children who are born deaf, it’s not accessible to those without a leadership devoted to developing the rights of their citizens wellbeing and health care.

Michael Kauffman, the doctor who performed all sixteen surgeries successfully, mentioned how difficult the logistics prior to the procedures were. Some of the children had no medical records at all, and so the tests needed were both vital and extensive.

Despite the bureaucratic complications which seem to exist between Israel and her Palestinian neighbors, it’s safe to say that the lives of sixteen children are drastically impacted in a most positive and basic of senses – that of hearing.

Based in the startup city of Tel Aviv, Zo Flamenbaum is a writer and social entrepreneur who dedicates her time to mission-driven projects that empower connection between the many diverse layers of our world. In 2014, she founded School of Shine as a value-based educational space for women who are tired of the ‘default life’ and crave personal freedom through self-expression for more purposeful living.

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