PCRF plays savior to yet another Gaza war-struck victim, facilitates medical aid


Reiterating its commitment towards bringing in positive change in the lives of war-struck children, Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, an international, non-political, non-profit, non- religious organization dedicated to healing the wounds of war in the Middle East has referred 18 years old Nima Freij for  reconstructive surgery in the  UAE.

In January 5th, 2009, during the conflict in Gaza, Nima (then 11 years old) and her brother were walking  to the  neighbor’s, right when a bomb dropped  resulting in a large explosion that severely  disfigured and crushed a part of Nima’s right leg. Nima’s brother, who was walking ahead of her, sustained minor injuries; however, she suffered extensive skin and muscle loss to the area and a severe disfiguring injury to her right leg. Nima recalls the incident as ‘the scariest day of her life’.

Her initial treatment and surgery took place in Gaza, followed by multiple skin grafting procedures that were performed in Saudi Arabia ten days after the first surgery.  Nima is now in Dubai expecting to receive much needed reconstructive surgery that she is unable to obtain in Gaza. Having gauged the on-ground situation, limited medical facilities and expertise required for Nima’s treatment, the PCRF referred her case to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital (AACSH) in Dubai to ensure optimal recovery.

Nima has arrived safely in the UAE with the support of Etihad Airways, and has been receiving all kinds of support from PCRF volunteers who are hosting her in Dubai and coordinating with her and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital (AACSH) in Dubai for her medical needs. The Bioscience Clinic Middle East has also generously come to her aid by providing her with the lab work required to harvest the fat that will be used in her surgery.

Dr. Matteo Vigo, Chief of Surgery, Chief Medical Officer and Plastic surgeon at AACSH, the surgeon overlooking her medical treatment at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital comments on her case:

“The explosion partially removed her right calf that was grafted with skin removed from her thigh. Now the calf has a big depression in the middle area that can be filled with fat enriched with autologous stem cells from the same patient. This treatment will allow the fat to enhance the shape filling the depression and at the same time will allow the stem cells to improve the quality of the skin through cellular regeneration. The procedure will be the first one out of a minimum 3 to be done at 3 months distance from one to other. All treatments will be done at the American Academy of Cosmetic surgery hospital in Dubai Healthcare City.”

Nima hopes the surgery will give her and her family a better life. She considers this the first step in improving and uplifting her journey.  She also intends on studying law in the future.

The PCRF has helped many children in the past by providing them with much needed medical care in the UAE when it is not available to them in Palestine.

About Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF)

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is a registered non-political, non-profit, 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization that was established in 1991 by concerned people in the U.S to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East. It has since expanded to help suffering children from the region, based only on their medical needs. We do not discriminate based on religion, gender, nationality, or sect. For almost 25 years, PCRF has been helping children in the Middle East by leading Medical Missions into the Middle East, arranging for children to receive medical care through Treatment Abroad, and sponsoring Humanitarian Programs. Currently, The PCRF has – active chapters worldwide and thousands of volunteers globally.

Please visit pcrf.net for more information about the PCRF.