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Wounded boy escapes to Israel from Syria on donkey to receive medical treatment

By Mason White 5:47 PM September 8, 2014
The Syrian boy at Ziv Hospital 

By: Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel
A wounded boy of Syria, managed to escape to Israel on a donkey in order to receive treatment at a hospital, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The 12-year-old boy arrived over the weekend to an Israeli hospital with injuries to his arms, leg, and eyes, which he sustained from a mortar attack on his home near Damascus.

The boy was led on a donkey by his brother up the slopes of Mt. Hermon to an IDF base on the mountain, from where Israeli forces evacuated him to Ziv Medical Center in the northern town of Safed.

A spokesman for the hospital told the Tazpit News Agency that the boy is the latest of 358 injured Syrians to be treated there in the last year and a half, most of them victims of the Syrian civil war.

Since the outbreak of the conflict, a total of some 1,200 Syrian medical refugees have received treatment in Israeli hospitals, according to the IDF.

The hospital reported that the 12-year-old boy is currently blind, and they might be able to save one of his eyes.

He arrived with serious injuries to both arms, his right hand having been amputated in a hospital in southeastern Lebanon, where the boy said he was taken by his family for initial treatment.

The boy explained that after the amputation they were prevented from returning to their Damascus-area home by the fighting, so he was sent toward the Israeli border with his brother where he led the blind boy on a donkey to the safety of the IDF post.

Maor said that the patient is “irreversibly blind in one eye, and the second is not in good condition,” but added that doctors are fighting to save it in what will be a long treatment process for the youth.