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Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

For the life of Yahya

For one Palestinian boy, borders and politics were no barrier to a lifesaving transplant

This is not a story about geopolitics. This is a story about a boy.

But because the boy is Palestinian, his story is intertwined with geopolitics. The boy was born terribly ill. He got treatment, for years, at an Israeli hospital, financed largely by the Israeli government. And when Israeli doctors felt they couldn’t perform the complicated surgery he needed, they turned to Boston Children’s Hospital, and to a group of mostly Jewish benefactors.

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