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An Iranian teenager arrived in Israel for emergency brain surgery.

The 13-year-old boy flew to Israel via Turkey, where he had undergone unsuccessful treatment for brain cancer, on Friday after receiving special permission from the Shin Bet security service and Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit, Ynet reported. The boy’s father and grandmother were given special permission to accompany him.

Sheba Medical Center officials said the boy’s cancer has spread to his central nervous system and spinal cord. The hospital near Tel Aviv will start aggressive chemotherapy to treat the aggressive cancer.

Ze’ev Rothstein, the hospital’s chief administrator, told Ynet that “the boy’s chances are rather slim, but there are always surprises. It’s too early to be pessimistic. We’re not going to give up so easily.”

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