Israeli Fire Victim's Eyes Help Arab Infant

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - A cornea transplant from the eyes of an Israeli child who died in a fire last week may save the eyesight of an Arab baby.

An electrical fire took the lives of 11-year-old Eliya Ruyami and her seven-year-old brother last week.

Ophthalmologists at Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva hope the cornea transplant will save the left eye of four-week-old Nidal Salah, from the Arab village of Jaljuya in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).

"If we had waited to perform the operation, the baby would have been at risk of permanent blindness," said Prof. Dov Weinberger, head of the Ophthalmology Department at Schneider and Beilinson Medical Center.

"At this stage, a link is developing between the brain and the eye and that's why it was important to perform this operation on her now," he said.

"We saved the baby from the blindness with which she was born, which may giver her the quality of life of any normal child," he said.

Source: Haaretz

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