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TERROR SURVIVOR THANKS HADASSAH FOR HER LIFE
28-Jul-2003
Shoshana Gottlieb, mother of four, was riding home from work with her colleagues. She had just finished eating an orange and bent down to place the peels in the plastic bag at her feet when terrorists opened fire on her van. As she raised her head, she noticed a hole in the window. Then she heard the sounds of shattering glass, followed by gunshots. Her driver sped away as fast as he could while the sub-machine guns continued to fire at them.

Shoshana realized quickly she was hit and could not move her legs. She arrived via ambulance at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, in critical condition. One bullet, missing her aorta by a millimeter, had damaged her left lung; another had entered her spinal cord. The van driver told her that a bullet had entered the headrest of her seat and only because she had been leaning over to place the orange peels in the bag, did the bullet miss her.

Avi Rivkind, head of Hadassah’s trauma unit, treated Shoshana. “He saved my life,”
she said. But saving Shoshana’s life was only the beginning, for she was now a paraplegic, paralyzed from the chest downward. During the months that followed, Hadassah Hospital health professionals worked with Shoshana to strengthen her hands and arms and taught her how to navigate a normal life from a wheelchair. For eight months, she received intensive physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and swim instruction. Now, a year after returning home, Shoshana has a home office, where she works as an export/import manager for a local chemical company.

The Hadassah Medical Organization gave Shoshana back her life.

As she told delegates to the Hadassah International Conference in London, “I’m not a terror victim. I’m a survivor….I dream of the day when we shall be able to fulfill the verse in the Bible: ‘One nation shall not raise a sword against another, and no longer will they know war’; when all mankind will live in peace and harmony wherever they are.”

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