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Iranian boy seeks cancer treatment

October 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A 13-year-old cancer patient from Iran has come to Israel for treatment, attracting widespread interest in a country used to decades of hostility with Tehran.

The boy, who has an advanced brain tumor, traveled from Turkey with his parents after undergoing unsuccessful surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy in Iran, said Zeev Rotstein, director of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center.

Turkish doctors who examined the boy suggested he seek help at Sheba, Rotstein said.

"We are doing our best, in the knowledge that his chances are not very good," he said.

Sheba declined to give the boy's name, citing concern that his family could face legal problems when they return to Iran.

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