ISRAELI DOCTORS & ROTARIANS UNITE TO SAVE AFGHAN BABY
A HEARTBEAT TRANSCENDS BORDERS
Baby Yaya Shinwari´s transcontinental story is an amazing example of cooperation,willingness to help and love for strangers. His road to a new leash on life in the Holy Land was marked by many roadblocks and challenges, almost insurmountable ten years ago. The lack of diplomatic relationships between Israel and Afghanistan, language challenges, the fact that his mother could not accompany him due to another pregnancy are only some of the difficulties needed to be overcome.
Thanks to major advances in technology and social media, a Shinwari family friend in Afghanistan was able to contact Rotarian Ms. Anna Mussman, a former Department of State employee now living in Haifa, Israel through Facebook, sharing baby Yaya´s immediate need for a heart operation. She in turn reached out to her friend Ms. Fary Moini, a former cardiac nurse from Iran, member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in La Jolla, California, USA, asking for help.
Ms. Fary Moini was an excellent choice as Ms. Mussman well knew. Fary, an extremely compassionate, dedicated and seasoned Rotarian, has been working since 2002 on complex relief projects worldwide, including training of Afghani doctors on the use of various medical devices. Her portfolio includes the successful completion of many international Rotary projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan including work with the Peshawar Rotary Foundation and the Jalalabad Rotary Foundation.
Unable to find volunteers to transport little Yaya to Israel, Ms. Moini immediately sprung into action. In traditional Rotarian fashion, putting service above herself Fary embarked on a very demanding, strenuous and sometimes dangerous journey from San Diego, USA, to Kabul, Afghanistan, to Istanbul, Turkey to Holon, Israel.
The trio, Yaya´s father accompanied them, reached the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon despite language barriers, diplomatic and cultural roadblocks and medical challenges. On July 31st 2016, armed with hope, determination, good will and a lot of love for Yaya, Fary stood by his side throughout an eight hour, touch and go, very complex cardiac surgery. Ethiopian surgeon, Yayu Mekonnen, M.D., part of Lior Sasson´s M.D. pediatric cardiology team, performed the life saving surgery.
The little, miracle Afghan warrior, beat all odds, made a rapid recovery and is off discovering life again . “I´m just in love with this child; his beautiful brown eyes and great smile. He is so healthy and happy, just like any other kid“ says joyful La Jolla Golend Triangle Rotarian Fary who has made many new friends around.
Rotary, an international volunteer organization, fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. Fary's home club, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary in La Jolla California, a leader in international humanitarian service, has successfully completed more than 141 world wide projects helping those in need.
Correction: Fary, an extremely compassionate, dedicated and seasoned Rotarian, has been working since 2002 on complex relief projects worldwide, including training of Afghani doctors on the use of various medical devices.
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