When Swiss expert Raouf Salti realized he could not spell to Gaza to thief injured children, he decided he would do everything he could to get them to Geneva to person aesculapian care.
After dealing pinch swathes of reddish tape, Salti sewage support to person 4 children, including a 16-year-old who mislaid a kidney and has already had his limb amputated, transverse into Egypt from Gaza and past alert to Switzerland connected Monday.
Salti, who went to Egypt to prime them up, waved arsenic he was greeted by his squad at Geneva airport pinch Zeina, a wide-eyed 17-month-old who was rescued from nether nan rubble successful Gaza, successful his arms.
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"When I saw that nan business kept getting worse, I decided that my ngo this clip would beryllium to spell location and bring them here," said Salti, who has taken portion successful respective world humanitarian trips to Gaza arsenic good arsenic different parts of nan Middle East and Africa complete nan past 14 years.
Salti, a urological surgeon and himself a descendant of Palestinian refugees, had been scheduled to recreation to Gaza connected Oct. 19 to transportation retired operations including a planned kidney room connected a toddler.
But his humanitarian mission, portion of his activity arsenic laminitis of an NGO called Children's Right for Healthcare, was called disconnected owed to nan Israeli violative launched successful nan aftermath of nan Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas gunmen.
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The 4 children who arrived successful Geneva connected Monday are nan 2nd group that Salti has managed to evacuate to Switzerland, bringing their full number to eight. The children person been granted 90-day visas to person aesculapian care.
"What is important is giving them a normal life, pinch people, calm, bid and love. A child's life," Salti said aft arriving astatine his agency pinch nan children and their mothers.
The 4 were chosen pinch thief from his contacts successful Gaza connected nan ground that they were good capable to recreation and that they could beryllium helped successful Switzerland.
Sixteen-year-old Yussef, who mislaid his near limb and had his kidney crushed successful an Israeli attack, is emaciated, weighing little than 30 kg (66 pounds). Doctors successful Gaza amputated nan remainder of nan limb that had been blown off, but he still needs to summation spot and yet beryllium fixed a prosthetic.
Zeina, nan 17-month-old, was initially treated astatine Al-Shifa Hospital, nan largest installation successful nan Gaza Strip, which was raided by Israeli forces successful November.
Her mini near arm, supported by a sling, sustained respective fractures that doctors attempted to repair utilizing an outer fixation but nan building had to beryllium removed owed to an infection.
"You can't talk astir sterile (equipment) location anymore, it doesn't exist," Salti said.