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Memorable Milestones from the Chair of Pediatrics at Hadassah


Prof. Eitan Kerem, Chair of the Pediatrics Division at the Hadassah Medical Center

Attending the Bar Mitzvah of a boy whose mother's life he helped to save while she was pregnant with him, and being at the wedding of a woman he has treated since she was an infant are two of Prof. Eitan Kerem's most recent emotion-packed experiences as the Chair of the Pediatrics Division at the Hadassah Medical Organization.

It was a very difficult pregnancy, Prof. Kerem recalls. She had almost died, but instead Hadassah's team was able to save her life and deliver a healthy baby via Caesarean section. The new mother spent two weeks in Hadassah's intensive care unit after the birth, but she went home healthy!

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The new bride, who has cystic fibrosis, has overcome many medical challenges through the years, Prof. Eitan Kerem relates. He remembers when she was born. As a baby, she was very sick, he says. She received her nutrition through a tube that led directly into her stomach. When she turned 12, Prof. Kerem says, she announced that she wanted to eat by herself. Gradually, she began to do just that and, a year later, her tube was removed. The girl had worried that no one would ever want to marry her because she was so sick, but Prof. Kerem told her that "you shouldn't think like that; you should think that, of course, everyone would want to marry someone who has faced so many challenges and made it."

At the wedding, the bride's parents thanked Hadassah for the special, comprehensive care their daughter received. Without this dedicated care, they said, "we do not think we would be standing under the chuppah today."

"We have a saying in Judaism," Prof. Kerem notes, "that 'If you save one life, it is as if you save the entire world.' I feel fortunate that I get to do it and feel this way so often."

Date: 11/14/2013
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