Bone Marrow Transplant Performed on West Bank Palestinian Child

A two-year old Palestinian boy from the West Bank underwent a bone marrow transplant three weeks ago. The procedure, which was done at the Tel Hashomer hospital, was funded by the Civil Administration after the Palestinian Authority refused the family`s request to fund the procedure.
Date: 29.11.12     Author: Menachem Adoni

“This procedure will save the child's life,” explained Dalia Bessa, the Health Coordinator for the Civil Administration. “When this sort of procedure is needed and the Palestinian Authority refuses to fund it, the Civil Administration steps in, in order to save lives.” The Civil Administration funds hundreds of operations and medical treatments each year, besides this transplant. The budget for medical treatment for Palestinians is 7.5 million NIS; these funds are invested in Palestinians who require transplants and other forms of medical care.

As has been noted, the Israeli health care system helps the Palestinian health care system and provides them with knowledge and experience through teaching and by holding numerous trainings in Israel each year. “The level of care in the Palestinian Authority is different from the level of care in Israel,” Bessa said. “We try to provide them with the knowledge and experience through courses and trainings that take place throughout the year.”

Besides undergoing the transplant, the child is under the care of a social worker who has been attending to the child and family's needs throughout the duration of the hospital stay. “My position entails taking responsibility over Palestinian patients from the minute they are admitted until they are released from the hospital, while coordinating with the Civil Administration and Dalia Bessa,” said Baloum Raid, a social worker who coordinates the hospitalization of all Palestinian patients at Tel Hashomer.

The patient's father also expressed his satisfaction from the treatment at the hospital and the dedicated care, “I am very happy with the dedicated care my son has received. The doctors, staff, and Civil Administration have not spared any effort. Thank you.”