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Hadassah Medical Organization Heals Operation Protective Edge Soldiers and Jerusalem Terror Victims



Hadassah Medical Organization Heals Operation Protective Edge Soldiers and Jerusalem Terror Victims

August 5, 2014—Since Operation Protective Edge began four weeks ago, more than 3200 rockets from Gaza have fallen on Israel. Although there is a 72-hour ceasefire, there have been three terror attacks within the past two days this week in Jerusalem, sending seven patients to Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO). HMO’s emergency trauma unit is treating the victims of these attacks in addition to soldiers wounded in Operation Protective Edge.

  • A soldier standing guard at Hebrew University, near Hadassah Mt. Scopus, was shot by a terrorist on a motor bike. Hadassah nurse El Cohen was nearby, on her way to work. She stayed with the soldier until an ambulance arrived to rush him to Mt. Scopus for life-saving surgery.
  • The wounded victims of a terrorist attack on a city bus by a commandeered bulldozer are being treated at Hadassah.
  • A security guard in Maale Adumim was the victim of third terror attack in the Jerusalem area within 24 hours. He was operated on today Hadassah Mount Scopus and is now recovering.

Soldiers continue to seek treatment at Hadassah Medical Center, often after receiving initial treatment on the frontlines. There are eight soldiers at the hospital today with 27 over the course of Operation Protective Edge. Several patients came to Hadassah with bullets and shrapnel still inside them, others beginning rehab or fighting infections, another fighting for his life in serious condition in the ICU. HMO Doctors are involved in Operation Protective Edge in the following ways:

  • HMO orthopedists like Dr. Shaul Beyth and anesthesiologists like Dr. Yuval Meroz from Jerusalem volunteered to operate in the field and at border hospitals, where the injuries were greatest. “We were seeing a lot of shrapnel injuries from land mines and booby traps—even more than bullet wounds,” said Dr. Shaul Beyth. “We have a lot of experience with these injuries.”
  • HMO’s Psychological Trauma Team is supporting the psychologists, social workers and counselors coping with children and adults traumatized by constant rocket fire. “We in Jerusalem have a lot of experience from the many terror attacks here, and want to share our knowledge of what works best. And we want to support the staff that was under the heaviest fire,” said Child and Adolescent Director Dr. Esti Galilee.
  • Oron is a paratrooper who spent two weeks recovering at Hadassah. In a firefight with a group of terrorists in Gaza, Oron felt something hit him, but kept fighting. Only later did he feel weak and notice all the blood. He had a bullet wound in his shoulder. “The adrenaline must do it,” he says. His father Ziv told me, on my visit to the hospital, “We’re leaving with the phone number of Prof. Meir Liebergall [Head of Orthopedic Surgery] in my pocket. He said to 'call me Iri.’ What could be better than that?"

Meanwhile, Palestinian and Gazan patients continue to receive cutting edge treatments at Hadassah. 11-month old Sanad from Deir al Balah (a city of 55,000 in Central Gaza) awaits treatment in the pediatric surgery ward in the Bloomberg Mother and Child Center. Sanad's doctor in Gaza saw a cyst—the size of a round challah—on a CT scan, compromising his growth, appetite and kidneys. A month ago—several days before Operation Protective Age—his aunt brought him to Hadassah Hospital.

"I see every Palestinian patient as my own bridge for peace,” said Dr. Eyal Shteyer, a Pediatric Hepatologist, who serves as a lieutenant in the Israeli reserves and holds a position in the IDF that deals with hospital care in case of a terror attack. "When the rocket fell several miles from Hadassah hospital, my patients called to see if I was okay. I call them in Gaza, too, to see if they are all right. Even in these hard times I believe in the hope for peace."

HMO’s Emergency Trauma Unit was the first in Israel. It is world-renowned, sharing techniques around the world in mass terror situations such as the Boston Marathon bombing and natural disasters including the Philippines typhoon, earthquake in Haiti, the 2003 tsunami in Sri Lanka, and more. The five underground floors at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Ein Kerem are fortified against conventional, biological and chemical warfare. Patients can be move there if Jerusalem comes under attack.

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