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AMID WAR AND STRIFE, SURGEONS PUSH TO SAVE CHILDREN'S LIVES

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By Jordan Campbell National Geographic Magazine In Libya’s post-Gadhafi world, where civil war and the threat of ISIS still loom, a team of brave physicians—some of them expert climbers—believes that every child’s heart matters. Dr. William Novick operates on three-week-old Naji at the Tobruk Medical Center in Libya. PHOTOGRAPH BY JORDAN CAMPBELL Inside the operating theater of the Tobruk Medical Center in eastern Libya, the OR surgery was both sublime and surreal. White overhead lights reflected off Dr. William Novick’s ice blue surgical scrubs while his headlamp sent a beam of light deep into a child’s open heart. Novick had...

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The Gift of Hearing: A Family's Journey from Russia to Menlo Park

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Rimma Krivtsova embraces her 5-year old son, Vanya, at their host family’s home in Menlo Park. She traveled with him from Russia to California for ear reconstruction surgery at the California Ear Institute in East Palo Alto. Story by Kate Bradshaw l Photos by Michelle LeReprinted from The Almanac     "Ga ga ooh la la." Five-year old Ivan "Vanya" Priimak, sat on the floor of a Menlo Park home, glued to an iPad streaming a YouTube video of Elsa from "Frozen" dancing to Lady Gaga's song, "Bad Romance." Seeing Vanya, who was born in Russia and speaks only Russian,...

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