No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Israel at this time, but despite precautions, no one can guarantee that a person arriving by air at Ben Gurion Airport or by land over one of the borders will not be carrying the Ebola virus. About 300 persons come to Israel every year from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three West African countries where there is active transmission of Ebola.
Every new life is a miracle, but sometimes the miracle is unmistakable. Six months after the birth of their son, Tamar (Tami) and Yehudah Dror still can’t believe they have a healthy baby. But they do know exactly who to thank.
At its 26th annual conference in Shanghai, China, the international Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT) awarded its International Prize for Medical Innovation and Technology to Prof. Yoav Mintz, Director of the Center for Innovative Surgery at the Hadassah Medical Center for his research aimed at developing a novel, nonsurgical method to perform gastric bypass and cure Type 2 diabetes. Approximately 300 participants were on hand from about 20 countries.
"It was wonderful to see Prof. Avi Rivkind [head of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Trauma Unit] come to take us home," said Roey Fatal, 32, of Jerusalem, one of seven Israeli survivors of the avalanche in Northern Nepal. Roey is now being cared for in Hadassah’s Judy and Sidney Swartz Center For Emergency Medicine, surrounded by family and other survivors, who were brought back to Israel on a private plane donated by an Israeli businessman.
Through the "Save the Children" project of the Peres Center for Peace, the Hadassah Medical Center’s physicians not only perform complex cardiac surgeries on Palestinian children, they also train Palestinian physicians so that they can treat Palestinian patients closer to home.
Thanks to a resourceful German gynecologist, a program entitled “Discovering Hands” gives blind women an opportunity for a life-changing career by capitalizing on their more acute sense of touch to help detect breast cancer. The Hadassah Medical Center is considering adopting the program.
Tasnin, age nine, had spent most of her life going from doctor to doctor, as one cold and respiratory infection followed the next. For a long time, doctors were unable to diagnose the cause until Hadassah’s genetic experts identified the culprit and cured her--a breakthrough that will be highlighted in one of the world’s top hematology journals in the coming months. Read about Tasnin’s inspiring journey to health.
Barbara Sofer, Hadassah’s Israel Director of Public Relations, has received many warm words of appreciation from grateful patients who want to express their thanks to the hospital’s supporters around the globe.
Leading Hadassah oncologist, Prof. Tamar Peretz, Interim Director General of the Hadassah Medical Center and Director of Hadassah’s Sharett Institute of Oncology, rejects the recent recommendations published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" that urge all Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent to be tested for mutations on the BRCA 1 and 2 genes, which are associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.
“We pray that all of you will go home strong and healthy and return to your local schools,” Israel’s Education Minister Shai Piron told the children during his visit to the Hadassah Experimental School (HES) at the Hadassah Medical Center’s Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center.