SOURCE: Nassau County

February 21, 2011 16:00 ET

Nassau County to Honor Local Doctors Who Saved Young Girl's Life Through Egypt

Miracle in Middle East and Mineola as Child Is Rescued for Urgent Medical Care Before National Protests Begin in Egypt

MINEOLA, NY--(Marketwire - February 21, 2011) - Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Rabbi Anchelle Perl will join health officials along with local Egyptian religious and business leaders in a ceremony on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:00 noon honoring local doctors who rescued a six-year-old Middle Eastern girl from Egypt to Long Island after being severely burned. The girl traveled from Gaza to Egypt only days before the national protests started exploding in the streets. She was then flown to the United States for urgent medical care

The child will speak out for the first time with family to express gratitude for the community and doctors that assisted her. Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, which runs the Burn Center of Nassau County Medical Center, volunteered their services. A Long Island-based not-for-profit group, Mission: Restore, organized the doctors as a public service, providing pro bono medical care along with transportation and hospital costs.

Doctors without Borders recommended urgent and highly specialized care in the United States for the treatment of the burn scars that was not available to her in Gaza. Therefore she and her mother started a six-day journey across the Rafah, crossing into Egypt and Cairo before making it out just in time days before the popular protest in Egypt. The terminal had been closed for over three weeks during the uprising in Egypt which led to the toppling of former leader Hosni Mubarak.

WHERE: Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, New York

WHEN: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
12:00 noon

Contact Information

  • Nassau County Press Office
    Katie Grilli
    516-571-4225