Electrocuted Romanian Medical Student, Airlifted to Hadassah, Making Progress
UPDATE: October 1, 2013
David Fintzi's breathing and eating support have been removed so that he's able to speak freely and to eat once again. He is now receiving physical therapy to regain movement in his burned limbs.
With him above are Occupational Therapist Vicky Hatuel, Plastic Surgery Nurse Fabienne Atal; his mother, Manuela Fintzi and National President Marcie Natan. "We all love David," relates Ms. Atal, "and are doing everything we can to help."
Romanian medical student who has been hospitalized at Hadassah since he was
airlifted to Israel after being electrocuted on a sightseeing electric train in
Moldavia, has just regained his ability to speak thanks to insertion of a
David Fintzi’s first words to his parents were questions about where he was and
why he wasn’t in medical school.
David had been on a trip to visit a friend in Iasi, Moldavia when he was
hit with 27,000 volts of electricity.
knows exactly how it happened. Somehow, David had touched the electric
cable—perhaps leaning out the open window to take a photograph. Initially,
David was helicoptered to a hospital in Bucharest.The treatment he received there, however, failed to improve
Hadassah Medical Organization is known worldwide for its expertise in responding to medical crises. Its ER and Trauma Unit have played critical roles in treating victims of terror incidents and mass casualty events, in Israel and abroad. It was the first Trauma Unit in Israel and is the only Level 1-A unit in the Greater Jerusalem Region.
Jewish community rallied around his distraught parents, Andre and Manuela
not sure when the idea of moving him to Israel came up," says Andre, a
movie and stage actor. "But over and over, the idea was floated that
Israel had enormous experience in burns because of all the wars. First we
decided on Israel, and then on Hadassah.” The Jewish Agency got involved and
plans were made to send Hadassah’s air ambulance to pick David up and bring him
to Israel. Ironically, David, who had been completing training as a youth
movement counselor, was planning to visit Israel later in the summer, but
instead, he was airlifted to the Hadassah Medical Center, fighting for his
took off to reach the necessary height of 37,000 feet, David's oxygen
saturation fell, and bells started to ring. "We had to take him off the
respirator at intervals and manually provide oxygen," relates Dr. Marc Romaine,
an internist who accompanied David.
Andre Fintzi, that was the most frightening part of the journey. "I am
sensitive to facial expression, and three times I could see Dr. Romaine look
very worried when the bells rang," he said. "I was terrified that we
were losing David."
But two and a half hours after takeoff, they landed in Jerusalem and an
ambulance brought David to Hadassah.
his recovery progressing well, David has now been moved from the Intensive Care
Unit to a single room in the Sara Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower’s Department
of Plastic Surgery, where he is in a special isolation room to guard against
“The room is so
wonderful,” said his father, Andre Fintzi. “It enables us to be with him around
the clock, to help in his care, and to give him comfort.” He added: “I realize
even more now that Hadassah was the bridge from death to life for my son.”