Aisha Allulu, 5, from Gaza received brain surgery in Jerusalem without her parents present [Al Jazeera]

Gaza City – Last month, five-year-old Aisha came home from nursery vomiting and saying she had a headache.

Her condition deteriorated, so her family took her to hospital where, after undergoing medical checks, they had every parent’s worst fear confirmed.

Aisha was diagnosed with brain cancer.

“The news hit me like a thunderbolt,” Mona Lulu, Aisha’s mother, told Al Jazeera from her home in the al-Bureij refugee camp.

Aisha underwent urgent surgery in al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City but she needed a medical transfer to go to the Augusta Victoria Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem for further treatment.

But when it came time to decide which of

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