Medical heroes arrive in Gaza, no fanfare, no NBC 18Nov13 November 18, 2013
by Annie RobbinsÂ Â -Â Â MondoweissÂ Â -Â Â 18 November 2013
Last night as I was tracking Mohammed Assafâs travels across America I intercepted the Facebook page forÂ The Palestineâs Children Relief Fund â Detroit ChapterÂ where Assaf made a stopover for a meet and greet.
On top of the page was the photo above featuringÂ a medical team, aÂ mission by the Palestine Childrenâs Relief Fund (PCRF) along withÂ The Little Wings Foundation, who arrived in Gaza yesterday.Â The accompanying text:
Today, a six member team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons from The Little Wings Foundation crossed into Gaza on their second mission there in the last three years. Led by surgeon Dr. Marc Sinclair surgeon, the team included Michigan-based anesthesiologist Dr. Samir Abdo, nurses
Gillian Beale, Kate McAvoy, and Ruth Kellow, as well as coordinator Seonaid Biagioni. Also crossing Erez today after several weeks volunteering in Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus is general surgeon Dr. Steven H. Untracht, who has been on several past PCRF missions to Palestine as well.
â with Steven H. Untracht.
PCRFâs team coordinates and conducts emergency volunteer medicalÂ missions to Palestine andÂ Lebanonâs refugee camps and beyond. This year alone they haveÂ sponsored and managed over 60 volunteer surgery missions to Palestine, including nearly 30 to Gaza,Â serving the needs of children living under occupation.
The Little Wing Foundation carries out pro bono surgeries for children living in the Middle East and North Africa who have musculoskeletal deformities.Â Their Facebook page has not been updated since November 2012 when they informed readers the Israeli government had returned their medical supplies for a fee of $1,500. The supplies had been confiscated earlier by Israeli authorities in Ramallah.