Baton Rouge Chartered thirteen years ago as a very small chapter and has steadily grown. We are proud to be a medium sized unit and continue to work to promote Hadassah's Mission with real practice within our Baton Rouge and Louisiana communities.
From our President
February Hadassah Happenings
"I am happy to share with you some wonderful news from Hadassah hospital. “A girl was born with a very rare congenital defect in the development of the muscles of the abdominal wall called omphalocele. The baby girl whose intestines were seen in an ultrasound scan to be outside her body, and whose parents were urged to have an abortion, is alive and well after a unique, Israeli-designed procedure was performed after her birth at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.
The hospital stated that the complicated operation – performed right after her birth – was the “first of its kind” in the world. The baby’s father, Ahmed (whose last name is being withheld to protect privacy), said that a hospital in the center of the country recommended an abortion “and described for us a horrific scenario if she were born.” He said this as he held the happy baby in his arms. “We didn’t want to abort. We had heard of a similar case of parents who decided not to abort a defective baby but get treatment at Hadassah, so we decided to go there.”
Morris Topaz, a plastic surgeon in Ra’anana who invented the new technology that was meant for plastic surgery. It was the first time he had used it for a congenital defect in a baby.
The newborn’s intestines were put into a special cone-like container called a “silo” that make it possible to hold them together and put them in place. Dr. Vadim Kapoler, a senior pediatric surgeon at Hadassah, arranged the intestines in their proper place and used clamps and clips to close the abdominal opening, instead of the usual synthetic patch. Every few days, they changed the location of the intestines, stretching the skin over a period of three weeks.
Arbell said that the use of this new device for such an operation has not been reported in the world’s medical literature, but it saved the baby a much more complicated procedure involving plastic surgery with a synthetic patch. The baby’s parents, Ahmed and Tamam, thanked all the staff. “Their baby now feels well, her abdomen looks good and she is eating well. There is no reason why she should not have a full and healthy life,” said Arbell.”
I think this sums up very well why we do what we do for Hadassah and shows that our support can accomplish so much.
Locally, our Baton Rouge Chapter had a great time at the Baton Rouge Jewish Film festival. We enjoyed the thought provoking and interesting shorts shown on the final day of the festival.
Please mark your calendars for several upcoming events. We have a game night on January 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Goodwood Library branch. This is a fun evening and we invite you to bring a game and a snack. On February 12, 2017, from 11:00 - 1:00, we will celebrate Tu B’Shevat with a Seder and a program about heart health facilitated by Joy Feldman, of the New Orleans chapter and our own Ellen Bander. This is an important event and it will be held at the beautiful Hilltop Arboretum on Highland Avenue. R.S.V.P. With DéAnna Ernst, 225-926-7389 or email BatonRougeHadassah@gmail.com. Finally, please start to read “All the Light We Cannot See“ by Anthony Doerr for our book review which will be held at the home of Ellen Bander on March 5.
Thank you for all you do for Hadassah.
Marilyn Martell & Ruth Katzen, Co-Presidents Hadassah Baton Rouge
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