"Without undergoing this transplant, this young girl would not still be with us," said Dalia Bessa, the Health Coordinator for the Civil Administration in the West Bank. The three and a half year old girl has been undergoing treatment for the last three years, after being diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder.
"The only possible way to save her life was to undergo a bone marrow transplant," said Hanna Nishri, who is responsible for patient intake at the hospital. "Since funds for the procedure were not forthcoming from the Palestinian Authority, the Civil Administration, working through the Health Coordinator, decided to help save the girl's life." While the patient was receiving dedicated care at the Rambam hospital, the Civil Administration staff helped coordinate sleeping arrangements for the girl's family at a motel near the hospital. This enabled them to be near her and help fulfill the girl's needs and wishes. "It is important to note that this girl, her family, and indeed all patients, receive relentless and high-level care throughout periods of heightened military hostilities, such as Operation Pillar of Cloud, and afterwards," noted the Health Coordinator.