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A good eye...

by Shalvi Waldman

0 Comments | Sunday, December 21, 2014 under Emergency Fund, Medical Support

Last week, Mrs. K. noticed that her 8 month old baby, Tamar, was blinking rapidly in the light. She took Tamar for an eye exam, and the doctor sent them straight from his office to the hospital, where Tamar was diagnosed with a rare and extreme form of Glaucoma. The K. family was told that if Tamar did not have surgery as soon as possible, she was in danger of losing her vision.


Mrs. K. quickly investigated her options. There is only one doctor in Israel who can do this specialized surgery, but she was out of the country at the moment, and also has only a 14% success rate. Dr. Wolton in Boston has a 98% success rate, and so the obvious best choice is to use him. However since the surgery is technically available in Israel, the insurance company will not cover it if they fly to USA.

Since the appointment two weeks ago, Mrs. K. has been running from doctor to doctor, arranging to have the surgery scheduled for the following week in the United States. Their lives have been turned over literally in minutes, and now the only thing they can think of is saving Tamar's vision.

Dr. Wolton has seen the reports, and optimistically told the family that Tamar needs surgery immidiately, but that the chances are good that she will recover completly.

Mr. and Mrs K. knew that they must do whatever necessary to save their daughter's vision, but the expenses were far beyond their limited resources. With only days to raise the needed funds, they turned to Yad Eliezer for help. A number of donors came together and provided the funding immidiately. With hearts filled with hope and gratitude, the K. family boarded the plane to Boston last week.

We are pleased to share with you this Chanukah miracle. The Jewish people are a family, and will stand together through thick and through thin- and thanks to the donors who stepped in to help, Tamar will be gazing at the Chanukah candles for many years to come.




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