Time to Grow Before Surgery

Little Malak from Gaza is waiting in Wolfson Medical Center in Tel Aviv for surgery to correct what the doctors say is a complicated VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect, a hole between the ventricles of her heart). Because she is so small, Malak is being fed intravenously in addition to regular feedings by her mother. Because of the complicated nature of the problem the doctors want Malak to increase in size before performing the surgery. Malak seemed to be content in her crib and in her mother's arms and did not appear to be in any pain. The doctors estimate that surgery may be possible in two to three weeks.

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