Young teenager dies after being denied health access
Ahmed Shbair, a 17 year-old boy with a congenital heart condition, died in Gaza on January 14, 2017, following his inability to obtain a permit to travel for urgent surgery in Israel where he had been receiving care.
His family had applied four times for a permit since November 3, 2016, and both he and his mother were interrogated by Israeli security services as a condition of the request. Two requests were denied and his third request went unanswered.
After losing three previous hospital dates without receiving a permit, Ahmed made a new appointment and applied a fourth time in January 2017.
However, Ahmed’s condition deteriorated suddenly in the early morning of January 14, and he had difficulty breathing. His family brought him to Shifa hospital emergency department but Ahmed died soon after. Ahmed had been keen to graduate from secondary school in June 2017, said his father.