Iraqi Infant Receives Life-Saving Heart Surgery in New York

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Doctors at the Children's Hospital at Monteflore successfully completed an operation on 10-month-old Karam Mohammad Jabbar Alubadie, an Iraqi child suffering from heart problems. The little boy was brought to New York through Rotary's Gift of Life program.

In addition to the services donated by Montefiore Hospital and its volunteer doctors, the life-saving trip and surgery were made possible by high school students at Great Neck (NY) North High School who are part of the Rotary-sponsored club. The young people raised over $5,000 during the school year, with a variety of programs from bake sales to road races and raffles. The money was sent to Rotary's Gift of Life program, which brings children with congenital heart problems from developing countries to the United States for surgery. The students had the opportunity to meet Karam and his mother on Aug. 4.

Rotary's Gift of Life has benefited over 5,000 children worldwide since 1975. Among the program's participants are more than 70 hospitals around the world, including 50 in the United States. Participating hospitals and physicians provide their services and skills to save the lives of suffering children, who otherwise would not be able to afford the life-saving surgery in their home country. …