A 3-Year-Old Girl From Gaza With A Deadly Heart Condition Has Been Flown To England For Surgery

She was flown to Jordan and then England and is currently fighting for her life.

Last Tuesday, Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy reported from Beit Hanoun in the north of Gaza, where he met a 3-year-old girl with a heart defect who was in need of urgent medical care.

Guru-Murphy meets the girl, Hala al Massri, and her family at 4:30 in this video report.

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Hala is shown curled up on a carpet in the corner of a UN classroom, suffering from a congenital heart defect. Her mother says: “When she is tired, she is completely dying. Without this medication, she will be gone.”

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According to his report, local and British charities had secured medical attention for Hala and her heart defect in London, but the conflict stopped her from accessing that attention.

This photo was taken by Channel 4 News cameraman, Stephen Hird.

The doctor in the photo is Dr David Nott, who travels the world to provide much-needed healthcare in conflict zones. He recently described his experiences in Gaza in a blog post for the Red Cross:


Today there is a ceasefire, and apart from the injuries from last night all is relatively calm and the streets are full of cars and people. Contrast this to yesterday when all the roads were deserted and only donkeys and cats roamed the streets in the north of Gaza.

Despite the relative calm, today for me was a day haunted by death. I thought it was bad yesterday when we admitted an 8-year-old boy with a through-and-through gunshot to the head and a 3-year-old with an unsurvivable chest injury. But today, if anything, was worse.

Because of the ceasefire, the only admissions to the hospital today were the dead. Tens of them, found in the rubble and brought in by the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). I went with another ICRC doctor to witness the damage and see first-hand the devastation. I am shocked.

The PRCS have a terrible job, and today was even more terrible for them than for us at the hospital. They were in mourning as a PRCS ambulance driver was shot dead in his ambulance going to pick up an autistic young child seen roaming the streets.

The ceasefire finished today at 7pm. We are bracing ourselves for the evening shelling.

Hala is currently being stabilised at the Royal Brompton Hospital in west London. BuzzFeed will update this story when information about Hala’s health is made available.

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