byÂ Fedaa al-Qedra/Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency
“You would never let my baby die if someone could save him.”
These were the words that the mother of three-month-old Ahmed Abu Nahal used to appeal for the opening of Gaza’s borders, so that her baby could go for treatment.
Days later, the baby passed away as Egypt kept its borders closed, now for more than a month.
Ahmed Abu Nahel, a three-month-old baby, spent more time in bed than atÂ his mother’s breast because he was suffering of enlarged heart and liver, and weakness in heart muscles.
The baby was receiving his treatment at al-Rantisi hospital, in Gaza, but the lack of medicines and medicalÂ equipment made Gaza’sÂ doctors unable to help him.
The Palestinian doctors in Gaza decided to transfer him, to get treatment in the Israeli hospitals, but the Israelis refused to receive him due to the serious deterioration in his condition.
The Palestinian doctorsÂ contacted Turkish hospitals to receive Ahmed. They accepted to receive him, but the tightened closure of Rafah crossing prevented him fromÂ travelling.
The child’s health couldnât bear to wait any more. Ahmed wasÂ seriously threatened by death.
The National Committee to Break the Siege sent appeals to the Egyptian authorities to open the border: “Ahmed is dying.” “Save him.” And, his mum was crying, “Please donât let my baby die in my hands. I can do nothing .” But, no one answered their calls.
Ahmed’s story captured the hearts and thoughts of many people, here, who were allÂ waiting for what the passing time would bring. Would Ahmed wait and be saved or die?
Actually, something happened and I have to tell you. His small heart couldnât bear any more âŠAhmed died.
The illegal andÂ inhumane blockade is destroying our future, every timeÂ someone dies.
The Rafah and Israeli border crossings are almost always closed. This situation has led to a humanitarian catastrophe .
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, more than 145 types of medicineÂ ran out of stock, and more than one thousand patients were unable toÂ reach to the Egyptian hospitals. This means that death has threatened their lives and they now may join the list of the siege victims.
The story of Ahmed is one of but hundreds. His has story ended, but the pain of thousands of child patients in Gaza still continues.
They need medication âŠ life. Will humanity respond?
Ahmed’s soul was a letter to the worldÂ to help in lifting the unjust siege imposed on this narrow coastal enclave. Donât let us die .Open the door of the biggestÂ open air prison and let us live.
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