Good Samaritan Surgeon performs surgery on Palestinian girl in Jerusalem

Dr. Mark Ginsburg, chief of thoracic surgery at Good Samaritan, traveled to Jerusalem where he operated on a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, Maria Amman, to enable her to breathe on her own. Maria was left paralyzed from the neck down at age six after a missile struck her home in the Gaza Strip.

With the support of Israeli thoracic and pediatric cardiac surgeons at Hadassah Hospital, Dr. Ginsburg successfully implanted a phrenic nerve pacemaker. The outcome of the operation was positive and will allow Maria to breathe on her own for the first time in six years.

Read the full story from Catholic New York about the success of Dr. Ginsburg’s surgery and Maria’s desire to enjoy her life despite her physical limitations:,9603


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