Hadassah France sponsored a concert this past June featuring the renowned Indian dancer/composer, Raghunath Manet, at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Opening the evening with a talk about the Hadassah Medical Center, Hadassah France President Dr. Sydney Ohana brought Hadassah into the consciousness of the 700 people who attended.
Celebrating the Bar Mitzvah of Mijael Dachner with a trip to Israel, the Marcushamer/Dachner family from Monterey, Mexico chose to mark the occasion with a gift to the Hadassah Medical Center to help children with cancer.
Happy to be transmitting the legacy of her love for Hadassah to her grandchildren, Berta Bekhor brought her family to see the Hadassah Medical Center this past July.
Hadassah Cuba sponsored a program in June featuring Israel’s outreach work to enhance Africa’s health care; a historical look at 200 years of Tel Aviv; and an update on research breakthroughs and cutting-edge care at the Hadassah Medical Center. With the aid of the unit’s Scientific Committee, they also sponsored a survey in coordination with a local women’s organization to educate the public about prevention of breast cancer.
A cancer patient expected to live only a few days when his doctors discovered a tumor blocking a pulmonary artery was operated on successfully by a team of Israeli and American surgeons at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem and given a new lease on life.
One Friday morning, a mother of five suddenly experienced a thunderous headache and collapsed. She had a potentially fatal aneurysm, a weakness in a wall of an artery, but thanks to Hadassah’s cutting-edge endovascular catheterization, she is alive and on the road to recovery.
Wearing super-sized saddle shoes and a Rudolf-red nose, Cris, the French-born clown, cheers up Hadassah’s pediatric patients and helps them cope with chemotherapy and countless blood tests. He dreamed of creating a tricycle made with an IV (intravenous) pole that would feature the familiar hospital clown. “That way,” he explains, “we clowns can leave a little of ourselves in the ward after we go home.”
Hadassah Director General Chosen to Address the Topic on International Conference Call
Hadassah Medical Organization Director General Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef was one of two panelists chosen to participate in a conference call on “Israel’s Universal Healthcare: How Do They Pay For It and How Does It Work.” The call was sponsored by The Israel Project, an “international non-profit organization devoted to educating the press and the public about Israel while promoting security, freedom and peace.”
In a Tuesday night, July 21st segment entitled “Stem Cell Strides,” Fox News Television featured Hadassah Medical Center as “the world leader in stem cell research,” noting that Israeli scientists have charged ahead of the world and are making “some potentially serious strides” toward curing diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The Fox News report relates that Israeli scientists are taking pluripotent cells—the building blocks of life—and turning them into brain, retina, heart, and pancreatic cells, which could potentially replace diseased tissue.
Belle Simon, Deputy Coordinator of Hadassah International, is most appreciative to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of her kidney transplant along with her donor, Katie Edelstein, a Hadassah colleague from the state of Washington. “I only wish,” Belle comments, “that others would follow Katie’s courageous lead because there is a tremendous shortage of organs for transplant worldwide.” The Hadassah Medical Center is one of Israel’s major transplantation centers, with a success rate for kidney transplants of 90 to 95 percent.