Hadassah

A Double Stroke at the Dead Sea

Wednesday, Feb 27 2019

Imagine having a double stroke in two different arteries while on a day trip at the Dead Sea! What could be the chances of survival?

Last week, Avi, age 57, was on a day trip at the Dead Sea. He turned to his wife, and suddenly he couldn’t speak. His face twitched and he collapsed.

Alert medics of the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance team called for a helicopter, and Avi was rushed to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. MDA also contacted Hadassah's Endovascular Neurosurgery Unit, headed by Prof. Jose Cohen.

The moment the helicopter landed, Hadassah’s stroke protocol was activated. Prof Cohen, together with Dr. Zvika Skagio, performed a cerebral catheterization. "In this patient, we found ourselves facing severe blockages in both the left cerebral artery and left carotid artery,” report the doctors. “At the least,” they explain, “these blockages were liable to lead to severe disability and serious damage to his quality of life. He could also die. Happily, our patient recovered quickly and the next day, he was walking and talking clearly. After a few days of hospitalization, he was able to be sent home in good condition.”

Prof. Ronen Leker, director of Hadassah’s Stroke Service and Cerebrovascular Disease Research Laboratory, received the patient after his catheterization. “Had the teams not worked quickly—less than an hour from the stroke to the angiography room--the patient was likely to die. The patient's rapid recovery from a life-threatening situation is due not least to the high skill level of Prof. Cohen and his staff. The speed allowed them to provide optimal treatment.”

And the patient himself? “I remember trying to talk to my wife in a souvenir shop. First, the Zaka volunteer rescue team came and then Magen David Adom. Then I woke up at Hadassah after my life was saved." Avi’s wife, Inge, who drove to Jerusalem, said, "I arrived when he was already in the operating room and waited frantically. I'm really surprised that he's already home and okay, because I know what would have happened if he hadn’t received such excellent care.  It was traumatic, but we are slowly recovering and want to thank everyone who saved his life. It was a miracle.”

Learn more about the Hadassah Medical Organization.

Related Stories

alt_text

Thursday, Oct 17 2019

Where are we with Alzheimer’s? Hadassah Doctor Provides His Perspective

With the chance that any one of us could acquire Alzheimer’s disease doubling every five years after age 60, Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur...

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, Oct 17 2019

Hadassah Study Sheds Encouraging Light in Treating Liver Disease

The International Journal of Molecular Medicine has published a pre-clinical study led by Prof. Rifaat Safadi, head of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Liver Unit...

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, Oct 17 2019

Three More Years: An Unprecedented Extension of Life

Gerald Lieder, age 94, passed away this month. Three years ago, his family gathered from the United States and Israel to say goodbye to him because his heart was failing.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, Oct 17 2019

Vaginal Microbiome Transplant Proves Effective Against Bacterial Vaginosis

A new treatment developed by Hadassah Medical Organization and Weizmann Institute of Science researchers, involving a vaginal microbiome transplant...

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More