A three-year-old girl was evacuated from Gaza and brought to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London for life-saving heart surgery.
Born with a hole in her heart, Hala al Massri’s heart condition is complex but treatable. However, in her home land of Gaza there are no working facilities available to operate on her.
The Chain of Hope charity works to help children with cardiac disease access treatment in the UK to treat children from war-torn and developing countries who would otherwise find it almost impossible to receive the treatment they need. They heard about Hala’s case and she was earmarked for assistance but the conflict in Gaza meant the charity did not think that Hala would be able to receive this life-saving care in time.
With her condition deteriorating, and her home and medical supplies believed to be destroyed by a shell, the charity rallied for help. Through the combined efforts and support of the charity, the Red Cross, the UK Government and The Sun Newspaper, Hala was transported out of Gaza and after an arduous three day journey arrived in London for treatment.
Treated at Royal Brompton Hospitals’ specialist paediatric unit, surgeons stabilised and treated her earlier this week and will monitor her progress.