Hadassah

A Teenager with Leukemia --A Bridge to Peace from Gaza to Jerusalem

Wednesday, Feb 15 2012

When 17-year-old Ismail Daoud from the Gaza city of Beit Lahiya was diagnosed with leukemia last year, he wanted to be treated in Israel.

Ismail's father, Ibrahim, had worked in Israel as a floor tile installer before the Intifada and had positive memories of Israel. "At Hadassah Hospital everyone treats you the same, whether you are Jewish or an Arab," says Mr. Daoud. "I thought so, from the years working in Israel that it would be that way, but it's nice to experience it firsthand."

Initially, Ismail went to see the doctors at Augusta Victoria, a Palestinian hospital in East Jerusalem. Augusta Victoria has a pediatric oncology unit, which was developed under the guidance and training of Dr. Michael Weintraub, head of Hadassah's Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department. When Augusta Victoria's physicians discovered that Ismail had acute myeloid leukemia along with additional medical complications, they suggested he be treated at Hadassah. Ismail spent six months at Hadassah in the Pediatric Oncology Unit, where he received chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. All seemed well and he returned to Gaza. The leukemia, however, returned and he is now undergoing additional chemotherapy at Hadassah in preparation for a second bone marrow transplant.

Recently, Ismail celebrated his 18th birthday at Hadassah. He says he's eager to get back to school and hopes to be a teacher when he grows up. "I wasn't afraid to come to an Israeli hospital," he said. "I just want to get well."

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Tuesday, Nov 14 2017

Abraham and Sarah — and a Modern-Day Miracle Baby

They're not quite Matriarch Sarah and Patriarch Abraham, who were 90 and 100, respectively, when their son, Isaac, was born. This couple--she’s 48 and he is 62--are parents of a baby boy, thanks to a hand from heaven and the team at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, Nov 9 2017

New NICU at Hadassah: First of Its Kind in Israel

Tiny patients with big problems are now being treated in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem—the first of its kind in Israel.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Oct 30 2017

Hadassah Hospital Metrics on the Rise

HMO By The Numbers

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Tuesday, Oct 24 2017

Hadassah Doctor Brings New Hope to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Twenty five years ago, Dr. Batsheva Kerem and Dr. Eitan Kerem made a significant contribution to the scientific world’s understanding of genetic mutations and cystic fibrosis.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More