This is story of Mohammed, a young Palestinian boy, who is able to hear for the first time thanks to sophisticated technology and the work of the dedicated team of physicians at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.

Mohammed is just one of many Palestinian children from the West Bank and Gaza who have overcome deafness after undergoing cochlear implant surgery at this Israeli hospital.

Thanks to the dedicated team of physicians at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, many Palestinian children have undergone cochlear implant surgery allowing them to overcome deafness.

In the Western world and Israel, a cochlear implant–an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear–is readily available for children and adults with profound hearing loss. In Gaza and the West Bank, however, it is unavailable.

”Bringing the children to Jerusalem for the pre-care, surgery, and after-care is a difficult process, but is making good headway thanks to logistic cooperation between the Palestinian Authority, Israeli government, and Peres Center for Peace,”says Dr. Michal Kaufman who heads Hadassah’s Cochlear Implant Service.