RCCS/Yerushalayim Wins $350,000 Approval for Eleven-Month Old Baby


rccsIn what RCCS tells Matzav.com is “a major success” on the way to recovery for 11-month old, Yekutiel ben Elisheva, one of the major Israeli Kupot Cholim made a stunning decision this past Thursday and approved up to $350,000 in medical and travel costs abroad for a delicate liver transplant surgery.

Stricken with hepatoblastoma almost from birth, baby Yekutiel’s only hope for survival, according to medical experts, is an intricate and rare liver transplant, with the best hope for success in being treated at a children’s hospital in France.

Built upon the success of RCCS in the United States for the past 15 years, RCCS in Israel, less than 2 years since its founding, seeks to help cancer-stricken patients in Israel, albeit slightly different than its sister organization in the United States.

Among the many services RCCS/Y provides is much-needed advocacy within the complex socialized medicine system in Israel. The baby’s parents reached out to RCCS advocates in a desperate attempt to save their baby’s life when medical advisors strongly felt that the baby’s best chance for survival would be to go abroad.

RCCS medical experts confirm that in most cancer cases, a patient can be treated in Israel as well as overseas; however, there are certain instances in which treatment abroad is the recommended choice. They are quick to point out that as of now, 100% of the RCCS budget in Israel is being covered by generous donors in the United States.

RCCS, the Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society, provides an array of services for cancer-stricken patients in need; primary among them in the United States is the subsidizing of health insurance premiums, enabling them to obtain the best possible medical care. RCCS also provides these and hundreds of other patients with emergency financial subsidies, insurance advocacy, various critical social services, and invaluable referrals to medical professionals.

Readers are asked to be mispallel for Yekutiel ben Elisheva bsoch sha’ar cholei Yisroel.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}