“It’s a matter life and death here,” said Dr. Philip Toltzis, Director of Pediatric Intensive Care. “It’s not like a regular pediatric ward.”
I write to you from Jerusalem where, as you know, the situation is volatile. Recent terror attacks on innocent Israeli citizens are tragic. Once again yesterday, Hadassah Ein Kerem received five terror victims. Hadassah Medical Organization, with two extraordinary hospitals in Jerusalem, continues to treat these victims with speed, efficiency and, above all, medical excellence.
“When I saw a young woman on the road, I stopped my car,” relates Yishayahu Horowitz, a medic in the Israel Defense Forces. “At first I thought it was a car accident, but then I realized it was a terror attack.
Terrorism and other mass casualty events have been the mother of invention for the Hadassah Medical Center’s orthopedic trauma teams.
“He was two and a half months old when I saw him for the first time,” said Hadassah Medical Center Pediatric Ophthalmologist Dr. Irene Anteby about the East Jerusalem baby who was assumed to be blind. Dr. Anteby, however, realized he wasn’t reacting to light because dense cataracts were blocking his vision.
“Today we are seeing a revolution in the treatment of melanoma and the Hadassah Medical Center is among the world leaders because we always believed that the immune system can combat cancer,” says Dr. Michal Lotem, head of Hadassah’s Center for Melanoma and Cancer Immunotherapy.
The terrorist is placed in the far left bay; the man he’d stabbed is to the right.
How many times have I explained that we treat Jew and Arab, even terror victim and terrorist, exactly the same?
On November 5, 2014 there was a possible terror attack by car that hit IDF soldiers in Gush Etzion. Three were sent to our hospital in Ein Kerem.
On October 22, 2014 a Hamas supporter drove into a crowd waiting to ride Jerusalem's light rail, killing a baby and seriously injuring a woman traveler who later died at Hadassah Ein Kerem.
November 4, 2014 a second act of terror killed and wounded people waiting for the light train.
Active and independent, doing her own shopping and cooking along with volunteer work in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Maria, age 82, suddenly collapsed after she stopped taking her blood thinner to prepare for a dental procedure.