Bethlehem Jogger Collapses; Saved with Hadassah High-Tech Equipment

Monday, Apr 4 2016

Sara al Katzroy presenting Prof. Rifaat Safadi with a thank-you plaque.

With her liver and kidneys shutting down, Bethlehemite Sara al Katzroy, age 18, seemed to be in need of an emergency transplant, but a Hadassah Medical Center multidisciplinary team saved her without it.

Although Sara had been a healthy student at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, she became dehydrated and collapsed while out for a run in Jericho, where she had been taking a course. She had already jogged four kilometers (2.5 miles).

Initially, she was treated for severe heat stroke in Jericho, but when she didn't respond, an ambulance brought her to Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem. At Hadassah, Sara was diagnosed with multiple organ failure. "Because she had heat stroke, we thought there was a chance for her liver to begin functioning again,” explains Dr. Sigal Sviri-Saroussi, head of Hadassah’s internal medicine intensive care unit.  “At the same time, we prepared for transplantation.”

Several years ago, Hadassah received a donation of a Molecular Adsorbent Recirculation System (MARS), which removes toxins and serves as an artificial liver support system. The director of Hadassah's Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Prof.  Ran Oren, was one of the first doctors in the world to pioneer the use of this machine.

Thanks to MARS and Hadassah’s medical team, which included Prof. Rifaat Safadi, head of the Liver Unit, and Prof. Michal Dranitzki Elhalel, head of the Nephrology Department, Sara is recovering well, having spent three weeks in Hadassah’s Intensive Care Unit.

"I was told I'd probably need physical therapy, but I refused,” Sara relates.  I'm going to get up and go." Sarah will be returning to Al-Quds University where she has been studying business administration, but now she wants to change her career. She explains: "Before I collapsed, I wanted to be a detective, but now I want to be a nurse. The nurses who took care of me are angels. I want to save lives. Whether Arabs or Jews, I don't differentiate. I want to save them all."


No comments yet.
First Name
Enter this word:

Related Stories


Wednesday, Oct 19 2016

Caryn Andrews: Hadassah Nurse Practitioner on a Mission

Nurse Practitioner Caryn Scheinberg Andrews, who immigrated to Israel from Baltimore, Maryland in 2011 and is a lecturer in the Hadassah-Hebrew University Henrietta Szold School of Nursing, is on a personal mission: to fortify Israel's health delivery capacity by helping to create a cadre of advanced practice nurses.


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.


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