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News, October 2012
Mazin Al-Hajiri Recognized for his Work and Manufacture of First Arab Artificial Cochlear in Gaza
[ 30/09/2012 - 07:23 PM ]
Mazin Al-Hajiri, recognized by Isma'il Hanyya for his great work in Gaza
The international surgeon Professor Mazen Al-Hajri anounced the manufacturing the first Arab artificial cochlear developed to be implanted using keyhole surgery for deaf people in the Gaza Strip.
This came during a conference held in Gaza City on Saturday, in which al-Hariji, who is visiting Gaza, announced the manufacture of the first Arab cochlear and the results of cochlear implants for the Deaf in the Gaza Strip during the last three years by himself.
The conference was attended by several officials and donors from the State of Qatar, as well as patients fitted with cochlear implants and their families.
The results surprised the attendance and Professor Al-Hajri, who could not hold back his tears when he heard some of these children who have received their education after Cochlear Implants reciting the Quran and singing.
In 2007 the first cochlea transplants were carried out in the Gaza Strip through an incision behind the ear which had many risks to children, but now we developed the transplantation process to be carried out via keyhole surgery with fewer risks, Al-Hajri said.
He explained that 1122 cochlear implants were conducted, 90% of which were conducted for free through donations from Arab countries, pointing out that with keyhole surgery a Cochlear Implant can be carried out in about 35 minutes, while they used to take a long time before.
Gaza Strip is still subjected to the brutal Israeli siege from the north, east, and west. The only venue for Palestinians to travel is through the Rafah border crossing to Egypt, in the south.
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