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      SOP in PA: Turning to Israel for Medical Aid

      A PA woman who needed a resection of the small intestine had the procedure in Israel, which also funded it.Standard operating procedure.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 8/12/2011, 6:14 AM

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      Once again proving Israel’s humanitarianism, the Civil Administration and the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem recently provided and funded medical treatment for a Palestinian Authority Arab.

      The story began when Dalia Bessa, the Civil Administration Health Services Coordinator, received a request from a 29-year-old resident of Qalqilya, mother to five children. In the request, the patient said she wished to undergo medical treatment in Israel that does not exist in the PA.

      It turned out that the woman was suffering from an infection in the small intestine which was caused by a complication as a result of poor treatment she received in a PA hospital.

      Bessa coordinated the entry of the woman into the Israeli hospital, where she had to undergo a resection of the small intestine.

      “Since the Palestinian Authority did not have the means to take care of the young mother, the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria took on the responsibility of providing her with proper care and coordinated her entry into Israel for the appropriate treatments,” Bessa said.

      Following the operation, the woman was unable to digest food on a regular basis, and so she received funding by Israel for a medical device called TPN, which allows for food to enter the body intravenously.

      The Civil Administration and the Hadassah hospital coordinated and financed the transfer of the device to the woman’s home in Qalqilya and also provided food rations for her, so that she could be able to continue to live her life normally.

      Israel routinely helps PA Arabs when they need to use its advanced medical systems, standard operating procedure that is not even noted, most of the time. A similar incident occurred last week when a young mother’s life was at risk after giving birth in a Palestinian Authority hospital. Her doctors decided to transfer her to the Wolfson Hospital in Holon, where her situation was stabilized.

      Recently, Israeli doctors performed emergency heart surgery on a Palestinian Authority baby from the Gaza Strip, saving his life.