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.
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:
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.
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is the largest women’s Zionist Jewish membership organization in the United States. With 330,000 members, associates and supporters, Hadassah is entering its second century, growing our commitment to innovative and life-changing medical care and research, women’s empowerment, education, advocacy, philanthropy and building Jewish identity – in Israel, America and around the world. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.
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