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Chilean oncologists treat Bethlehem children

April 18, 2012 12:33 P.M. (Updated: April 18, 2012 9:30 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Chilean doctors are in Palestine to support the foundation of the first child cancer center, mission organizers said on Tuesday.

The Chilean delegation of oncologists arrived in the West Bank two weeks ago to assist cancer treatment for children at a Beit Jala hospital, a statement said.

Leading the group, pediatric surgery specialist Dr. Francisco Ossandón, said the doctors were exchanging best practice with their Palestinian colleagues, as well as performing oncology and urology surgeries.

"We know the reality of life in Palestine and the great interest of Chilean doctors to come and work in a voluntary way because we know we can help and alleviate the suffering of children and their families," he added.

The delegation is supported by The Palestinian Foundation Bethlehem 2000 -- Chile, and organized by the Palestine Children’s Relief Organization Fund and the Chilean Society of Pediatric surgery.

Chilean delegations will also work in Nablus and a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, the statement noted.

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