Palestinian Children Injured in Bus Accident Rushed to Hadassah’s Trauma Unit

Thursday, Mar 15 2012

At a checkpoint separating Jerusalem from the West Bank, a bus filled with Palestinian school children collided with a truck; some of the most seriously injured children were rushed to the Hadassah University Medical Center's trauma unit for urgent care.

Sedated and covered with special protective foil blankets, black from their burns, the unconscious children arrived. Dozens of medical professionals--pediatric surgeons, pediatric plastic surgeons, general surgeons, anesthetists, pediatric intensivists, pulmonologists, orthopedists, ophthalmologists, maxillofacial specialists, radiologists, nurses, and social workers—were poised to receive the young victims.

Airways were opened, large amounts of analgesics were administered, x-rays were taken, burned skin was carefully removed, and blood washed away so the multidisciplinary team could properly assess and treat the injured children.

Hundreds of calls began pouring into Hadassah from concerned family members, as dozens of others arrived at the Hospital, seeking information about their children. Within minutes, a special Family Information Room was opened, manned with Arabic and Hebrew-speaking social workers. Local and foreign television crews came to cover the event and were updated by Director of Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, Dr. Yuval Weiss.

Hadassah made extensive efforts to procure a list of the wounded who were taken to a hospital in Ramallah. This proved to be "mission impossible," so one of Hadassah's physicians went over to the Ramallah hospital, wrote down the name of each child, and sent it back to Hadassah so the staff could share the information with worried relatives who did not know where their children were.


No comments yet.
First Name
Enter this word:

Related Stories


Wednesday, Oct 5 2016

Russian Children Travel to Hadassah to be Treated For a Rare Disease

To date, Hadassah has treated over 14 Russian children, saving their sight and hearing and offering them the opportunity to grow up and live normal lives.


Wednesday, Sep 28 2016

Hadassah Medical Organization Goes on High Alert for Peres Funeral

Thousands of visitors, including high profile dignitaries, are expected to arrive in Jerusalem for the funeral of past Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, who will be laid to rest on Friday, September 30.


Friday, Sep 23 2016

2016 Graduates from 19 Countries Celebrate Hadassah’s IMPH Program

Singing "It's a Wonderful Country" in Hebrew, wearing their native dress, the members of the 41st International Master of Public Health (IMPH) program of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine celebrated their graduation.


Monday, Sep 19 2016

Hadassah Hospital Treats Terror Victims After Stabbing Attacks

This last week has brought a burst of terror attacks.


Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005


More ›

Membership Questions


(800) 664-5646

Donation Questions


(800) 928-0685

Missions Department


(800) 237-1517

Show More