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France's First Lady Visits Hadassah
24-Jun-2008
Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef (far left) introduces Carla
Bruni-Sarkozy (center) and Dr. Sydney Ohana (second
from right) to a patient in Hadassah's Pediatric Hemato-
Oncology Department.
France's First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, toured Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem during a three-day visit to Israel with her husband, HE President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The former model was taken through Hadassah's Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department by Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, Director General of the Hadassah Medical Center and Dr. Sydney Ohana, President of Hadassah France.
 
As Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy entered the department, Jerome, one of Hadassah's medical clowns who use humor to help children and families through the difficulties of hospitalization, surprised the First Lady by singing the French National Anthem and laying a small red carpet in front of her. Jerome then took Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy by the arm and brought her to the day treatment area, where a few pediatric patients were sitting and playing around one of the tables. Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy was emotionally touched and accepted a handmade purse the children prepared for her. Dr. Micky Weintraub, head of the department, and Fatma Husein, the head nurse, were also present, and described their work.

Next stop was on the rear balcony of the department. While enjoying the beautiful view of the Judean hills, Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy met  with Prof. Judith Melki, head of the Human Genetics Department and a former native of France. During this meeting, Dr. Ohana and Prof. Melki signed a ceremonial agreement between Hadassah France and the Hadassah Medical Center regarding the purchase of a DNA sequencer for the department. A special press release in French announcing this agreement was distributed by Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy's press officer to all the French media representatives who accompanied President Sarcozy in Israel.

Before leaving, Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy met other French-speaking Hadassah physicians, including Prof. Neri Laufer, head of Hadassah's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, who described the Hadassah projects in Beit Shemesh and Abu Gosh to empower women in those areas to take charge of their own health and the health of their families.

 
To view a video of Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy's visit, click here.

 
One of Hadassah's medical clowns, Jerome, escorts the First Lady
 
Meeting a patient in the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department
The First Lady accepts a handmade gift from a patient

 

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