Italian volunteer medics in Gaza operating theaters

From Pisa, to perform operations and train local doctors

23 January, 18:53

    (ANSAmed) - GAZA, JANUARY 23 - Two volunteer medics from Italy have gone to the European Hospital of Gaza in Khan Younis to perform operations on adults and children who would have otherwise had no other chance of getting treated.

    It is not the first time that Dr. Andrea Carrobi and Dr.

    Pietro Massei have come from Pisa to Gaza for a few days to both help patients and to show their local counterparts medical innovations that they may not be aware of due to the lack of opportunity to travel outside of the Gaza Strip. In three days in Gaza, Dr Massei operated on 17 children ''including ones with cranial-facial malformations,'' he told ANSA in a brief pause and while Dr. Carrobi was performing other operations, ''such as harelips, hand malformations and burns''. The latter, he said, seem to be a direct consequence of the poverty in which the local population lives. Many are often forced to heat water in the kitchen using makeshift methods, exposing children to risk. Other operations include the removal of shrapnel. ''None of them would have been able to solve these problems if surgeons had not arrived from abroad,'' Dr Massei said. He added that good surgeons are working in Gaza, such as at the Shifa hospital, but they are not able to help the entire population. ''The European Hospital of Gaza does not have a team of plastic surgeons. Lacking volunteers from abroad,'' he said, '''these patients would not have been treated.'' Following a few days of an intense work schedule, the two doctors will continue on to Nablus in the West Bank. (ANSAmed).

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