Injured Ukrainian Refugees Receive Care at Hadassah

March 8, 2022

Injured Ukrainian Refugees Receive Care at Hadassah

A Ukrainian family injured in the fighting near Kyiv are currently receiving medical treatment at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem after being flown out of Ukraine by a New York-based emergency flight organization. A Russian missile hit their home and injured the mother, father, and one of their sons. A second son, uninjured, is with them in Jerusalem.

Irena Karaush, 44, was admitted to the hospital with moderate injuries, including open fractures of her leg, which will require surgery. Her husband, Maxim, also 44, was lightly injured. Their son Marc, 19, also has an open fracture in his leg and damage to his vertebrae. He requires surgery, too. The second son, 10-year-old George, was not wounded.

“We promised that the medical center is prepared to treat casualties who are flown to Israel and that we will provide any medical assistance that may be required,” said Prof. Yoram Weiss, acting director-general of Hadassah Medical Organization.

He continued, “The three wounded are being treated by Hadassah specialists and are under the best care there can be.”

Said Mr. Karaush, “I want to thank Hadassah Hospital and its supporters. I never thought we would ever require the assistance and help of such great people, but luckily we are here. And now we are safe, and I am sure my family will be treated in the best possible way, and my family will recover soon.”

The Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) humanitarian mission in Poland has been co-coordinated between the HMO doctors on the ground and Hadassah International (HI). In an ongoing effort to build strategic partnerships, a coalition has been built between HMO and the Polish Red Cross, the World Health Organization, NATAN Worldwide Disaster Relief and the Polish health authorities. Hadassah’s (HWZOA) Ukraine Emergency Response campaign, kicked off in the beginning of the crisis, has successfully raised funds from donors across the US for HMO’s outreach to the Ukrainian refugees in Poland, as well as to provide care for those seeking refuge in Israel, both at Hadassah’s hospitals and our Hadassah Youth Villages.

HI has engaged Polish foundations and individuals in financially supporting HMO’s humanitarian mission. The HI team has assisted the doctors in organizing the logistics and administration of this medical operation—including transporting the HMO doctors during the mission and making sure that they have the necessary medical supplies. They also converse with the refugees that come to the HMO doctors for medical care, provide emotional support, and record their stories, while the HMO medical experts take care of their medical needs.

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