UK: Jewish philanthropist honored for saving lives

Prime Minister David Cameron names Walter Felman a 'Point of Light' for helping children in poor countries receive necessary surgeries.

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Surgery in Wolfson Hospital
Surgery in Wolfson Hospital
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Walter Felman, a Jewish man from London, was recently honored by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Jewish News reports that he was recognized for the British branch of the Save a Child's Heart organization, which he founded in 1999.

The organization is dedicating to saving children's lives, particularly in poor countries. The children, under sponsorship from Felman and his team, are flown to Israel's Wolfson Hospital for life-saving surgeries. Felman himself reportedly has raised more than a million pounds ($1.3 million US) for the charity activities.

This is not the first time he has been honored. The Rotary Club, of which Felman is a member, previously awarded him its "Self above Service Award." In the announcement, the Rotary Club noted that Save a Child's Heart has saved the lives of 4,000 children.

"Walter’s service has saved young lives," said Prime Minister Cameron. "Thanks to his work children have received world-class care that would not otherwise have been available to them and medics in their home countries are improving their skills. I’m pleased to name Walter a Point of Light."

Felman told Jewish News, "I am still trying to come to terms with this. It is a wonderful recognition of Save a Child’s Heart… My thanks to the Prime Minister, for this opportunity to give wider awareness of the work we do."