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Israeli surgeon saves two Iraqi girls

Two Iraqi girls received lifesaving operations from an Israeli surgeon, according to the Israeli government’s official blog. The girls came to Israel secretly via Jordan with the help of Israeli authorities and two local non-profits, according to a report on One patient, Santa Maria Jamal Zaki, 6, a Kurdish Christian, was treated for a heart defect in Israel last year. In the course of that treatment a kidney problem was discovered, which was repaired in a second operation several days ago. A second patient, Hawara Said, 2, suffered from a heart defect that impeded the flow of blood to the lungs. She was operated on successfully last week. The operations were made possible by Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli non-profit organization that brings children with heart problems from the developing world for free treatment in Israel.