The injuries he received were severe, as his father explains: ‘When I first saw him I thought he had died. It looked like he wasn’t breathing.’
He was rushed to a local hospital and had an emergency operation in an attempt to save his eye. However the government hospital did not do a very good job, and the eye remained almost fully closed, offering Yazan limited vision.
His parents decided they must take him to seek treatment elsewhere. But this caused in itself a problem. Yazan’s father was denied access to the West Bank, like many in his community, and his mother was breastfeeding their newborn baby.
How do you seek treatment elsewhere when you are not allowed to leave the area you live in? One third of all patients (and their companions) from Gaza are denied access to the West Bank to seek medical treatment. Our Gaza Hospital was created for this exact reason – to enable our most isolated patients to be able to easily access treatment within the region.