In April 2016, the medical staff at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital in the North of Israel, treated a five-year-old Syrian girl with severe injuries received as a result of being caught in the crossfire between the two Syrian militias fighting an ongoing civil war in the country.

Rambam hospital has, over the past few years, been one of the major Israeli hospitals treating Syrians wounded in the war. What gave this particular child’s story a unique twist is what happened after she was treated for her wounds. Doctors at the hospital discovered that the child also suffered from cancer and needed an urgent bone marrow transplant to save her life. The doctors refused to issue the child’s release from their care until she had been treated.

To this end, Israel’s security services helped to locate one of the girl’s relatives in Syria that proved to be a match for a bone marrow transplant. They brought the family member to Israel and thus saved the girl’s life.