Sean Haber

Yahya is a one and a half year-old boy from Afghanistan, born with a rare congenital heart defect (0.2/1000 live births) called “Transposition of the Great Arteries” (TGA), along with pulmonary stenosis and two septal defects. His condition was a dangerous one, and his prognosis in Afghanistan was poor – without surgery, he would die….

Leora Robinson

Before starting this internship I was told, almost warned, that this was a very unstructured program and that it was my responsibility to make the most of my time. Wolfson hospital, based in Holon is a busy hospital with doctors doing amazing life-saving work, allowing medical students to observe and learn from them. I was…

Shayna Kramer

My name is Shayna Kramer, I am currently one of the part-time volunteers here at Save a Child’s Heart. I am from Bowie, Maryland in the USA. I am a graduate from Frostburg State University where I studied Communication Studies with a minor in Health Promotion. Before coming to Israel I was a Teacher’s Aide at The Children…

Daniel Nicol

Am I Jewish? Nope. Do I speak Hebrew? Negative. Do I have family or religious ties with Israel? I don’t. Am I a medical student with an interest in heart surgery? ‘fraid not. Have I even done any fundraising for SACH in the past? … It’s a no from me. If someone were to see…

Lara Decter

The first time I walked into the SACH home, I got the chills. It was inspiring to learn about the organization’s role in bettering the healthcare of children on a global scale. Being around these children from all different countries, running around and enjoying the air of Israel melted my heart even more. SACH is…

Sarah Simons

After completing my first clinical year of medical school this summer, I volunteered for two weeks as a medical intern with Save A Child’s Heart (SACH), an Israeli humanitarian project based in Holon, Israel.   Encouraged by the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, repairing the world, SACH pro- vides life-saving cardiology treatment to children with limited…

Gina Walker

Hafsath and her son Arif Volunteering at SACH, you meet a variety of remarkable people: brave and bright children, talented doctors and nurses, dedicated staff, as well as courageous and independent mothers and caregivers. Children under the age of 5 are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is usually their mother, so we refer…

Alexandra Sharpe

When I first arrived at the SACH children’s home the first thing that struck me was the vibrancy and positivity of the volunteers and the children living there. From the bright pieces of artwork on the walls to the children running around outside, the home was more akin to a primary school than a home…

Gabi Elias

Time. As you experience people around you who’s time runs out, you are forced to reflect on your own time. Thinking of how others maybe had too little time, or are reaching an old age, we see how fortunate we are to have time ahead of us. Maybe we have tendencies to take advantage of…

Zach Blatman

Canada My second week in the SACH house was even more enjoyable than the first, mainly because I knew everyone’s names and where all the toys/supplies were located. It was now my responsibility to welcome the new full-time volunteer, Sophie, with warmth and enthusiasm. Sophie had the difficult task of following in Rachael’s footsteps, but…

Zane Brickman

“He who saves a life, saves a whole world.” – The Talmud. When I arrived at the Wolfson Medical Center for my first day of my medical internship with Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), I immediately noticed the sign outside of the pediatric ICU with this quote on it and it resonated with me throughout…

Meghan Colpas

Other than cardiac and rheumatic heart disease, many of the children and mothers at the SACH house struggle with homesickness. The older children in particular grow tired of puzzles and crafts, and they miss their families, their friends, and their freedom. Last Wednesday, the teenagers in the house were uninterested in joining in any activities,…