Hadassah

Hadassah Surgeon Rescues Israeli Victims of Car Crash in Georgia

Wednesday, Nov 2 2016

Dr. Joshua Schroeder, Orthopedist in the Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.

Senior Hadassah Medical Organization Surgeon Dr. Josh Schroeder was eating his pre-Yom Kippur meal with his wife, Yaira, and three children when he received a phone call from a representative of the Greenfield family asking if he could go to Georgia (the former Soviet Union) to prepare Noa, a severely injured Israeli mother, for safe airlifting to Israel for life-saving treatment.

The Greenfield family’s car had tumbled off a Caucasus Mountain road in Northeast Georgia into a ravine. Two of the four children, Nevo, age 5, and Achinoam, age 10, were killed. Noa had sustained serious back and neck injuries.

Before Noa could be evacuated to Israel, an orthopedic specialist would have to treat her neck and back injuries. Dr. Schroeder agreed in principle to go, consulted with his Orthopedics Department Director, Prof. Meir (Iri) Liebergall, and his Spine Unit Director, Prof. Leon Kaplan. Originally from Russia, Prof. Kaplan was able to fill Dr. Schroeder in regarding what he might expect in a former Soviet Republic.

Air transport was arranged. Dr. Schroeder went first to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem to retrieve the   equipment he would need and then boarded the aircraft for the two-and-a-half-hour flight to Tbilisi. When he landed, the doctor/pilot and he went to see the injured Greenfield children in a children's hospital and then the parents in a second hospital. The urgency of bringing the mother back immediately to Israel was clear because she required the expertise of Hadassah’s orthopedic team.

"When I got back to Israel,” relates Dr. Schroeder, a very impressive group of specialists was waiting at the hospital. With it being the holiday of Yom Kippur, some of the physicians had come by foot or by bike to take care of the Greenfield family." Dr. Schroeder and Prof. Kaplan operated for the remainder of the day. The mother is now in stable, but serious condition. The father, Hanoch, and one of his children were slightly injured and were able to go home. The second child was moderately injured and is now being cared for in the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center.

Achinoam, the 10-year-old who was killed, had been named for her uncle, Yehuda Greenfield, who had been killed in the Second Lebanon War.

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Thursday, Jun 14 2018

Hadassah Researchers Crack the Mystery of First Pregnancy Fragility

Why do subsequent pregnancies tend to be less fragile than the first? A study by Hadassah Medical Organization physician/researchers reveals that “natural killer cells,” renowned for being able to destroy tumors, also produce helpful proteins in the uterus.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Tuesday, Jun 12 2018

At the Mikvah, Hadassah Helps Advance Women’s Health

This time Member of Knesset (MK) and former nurse Shuli Mualem got personal: “I don’t often get the opportunity to speak about my time defeating breast cancer, but I feel privileged to share my experience here, among women active in their communities, at this conference that joins the medical and the ritual.”

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, May 31 2018

Julie Benbenishty: Bridging the Geographical Divide in Nursing Care

Julie Benbenishty, Nurse Coordinator of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Trauma Unit, was concerned about continuity of care when her patients from the West Bank and Gaza left Hadassah. “The minute they returned home,” she relates, “I had no one to be in touch with about follow-up care.”

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Friday, May 25 2018

Rep. Raul Ruiz Joins Hadassah To Advocate for Women's Health Equity on May 16 in Washington

May 18, 2018 - Washington, DC — Yesterday, 300 women gathered at the Second Annual Women’s Health Empowerment Summit in Washington — an event convened by Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), in conjunction with the 28-member Coalition for Women’s Health Equity during National Women’s Health Week.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More