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."


No comments yet.
First Name
Enter this word:

Related Stories


Wednesday, Oct 19 2016

Caryn Andrews: Hadassah Nurse Practitioner on a Mission

Nurse Practitioner Caryn Scheinberg Andrews, who immigrated to Israel from Baltimore, Maryland in 2011 and is a lecturer in the Hadassah-Hebrew University Henrietta Szold School of Nursing, is on a personal mission: to fortify Israel's health delivery capacity by helping to create a cadre of advanced practice nurses.


Wednesday, Oct 5 2016

Russian Children Travel to Hadassah to be Treated For a Rare Disease

To date, Hadassah has treated over 14 Russian children, saving their sight and hearing and offering them the opportunity to grow up and live normal lives.


Wednesday, Sep 28 2016

Hadassah Medical Organization Goes on High Alert for Peres Funeral

Thousands of visitors, including high profile dignitaries, are expected to arrive in Jerusalem for the funeral of past Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, who will be laid to rest on Friday, September 30.


Friday, Sep 23 2016

2016 Graduates from 19 Countries Celebrate Hadassah’s IMPH Program

Singing "It's a Wonderful Country" in Hebrew, wearing their native dress, the members of the 41st International Master of Public Health (IMPH) program of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine celebrated their graduation.


Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005


More ›

Membership Questions


(800) 664-5646

Donation Questions


(800) 928-0685

Missions Department


(800) 237-1517

Show More