Getting to the Heart of the Matter Monday, August 30, 2010
TAU cardiologist leads new program to "Save a Child's Heart"
Dr. Lior Sasson with a young patient
Save a Child's Heart (SACH), a charity based at Tel Aviv University's affiliated Wolfson Medical Center, performs life-saving cardiovascular operations on Palestinian and Iraqi children, no matter the political climate. Now, the Israeli Government and the European Union have come together to provide expanded funding for this essential program, Israel21c reports.
The new SACH project will be led by Dr. Lior Sasson, head cardiologist at the hospital and a lecturer at TAU's Sackler School of Medicine. He is recognized as the top in his field in the country, says Simon Fisher, executive director of SACH.
Currently, Fisher says, Wolfson Medical Center is treating 20 Palestinian and Iraqi children, and the program has just admitted their first patient from Morocco. SACH, which was founded in 1995, works to treat children from developing countries with rheumatic and congenital heart disease. The non-profit has treated over 2,400 children from over 40 countries, including 1,100 Palestinian children and over 100 Iraqi children.
For more on how Tel Aviv University is transcending political differences to save hearts and lives, read the whole story on Israel21c: