On October 22, a Hamas supporter drove into a crowd waiting to ride Jerusalem's light rail, killing a baby and seriously injuring a woman traveler who remains in critical condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem.
The driver rammed into a baby carriage, injuring the father, and knocking the baby—three month old Chaya Zissel Braun—into the street. "Despite the devastating medical injuries, the medical, surgical and nursing staff used everything available in medicine to try and save the baby while caring for her injured father, and trying to allow him to be with his child in her last moments," said. Prof. Isaiah Wexler, part of the team at Mount Scopus. Both parents were most appreciative of the heroic efforts, support and compassion shown to them and their daughter, who unfortunately did not survive the trauma. The father was released in the evening, along with another injured man who was waiting at the train stop.
Three injured women received emergency care at Hadassah Ein Kerem. One of them, who asked not to be identified, is being treated in the Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine. "My physical state is okay," she said, "But will I ever get over the trauma of this event?"
In the meantime, riots continue in the village of Issawiya which abuts Hadassah Mount Scopus, and rocks are being hurled at the light train cars. Police and border police have been deployed to regain quiet.
Let's pray that this is just an isolated incident.
For more details see http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Suspected-terror-attack-in-Jerusalem-three-injured-379527 and http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/48266-141022-suspected-terror-attack-in-jerusalem-three-wounded
On the same day, Or Ben Yehuda, daughter of Prof. Dina Ben Yehuda, head of our Hematology Department at the Hadassah Medical Organization was injured in an attack on the southern border with Gaza. We are proud of her as she is the first woman officer in the Israel Defense Forces's Women's Fighting Unit. Contrary to the article below, she is being treated at Hadassah Hospital. She was operated on by Professor Rami Mosheiff for the hand injury she sustained in the attack. For more details about the incident, see http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4583184,00.html
These attacks underscore the importance of supporting Hadassah, and specifically our Surgical Suite Equipment Campaign. Attacks like this are felt throughout Israel, and with a gift you can help Israel in times of crisis and in times of peace. Your gift will enable the Hadassah Medical Organization to continue to provide lifesaving medical care for Israel.
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Todah rabah. Thank you,
Moishe Sandler Melissa Kaplan
President Hadassah International Director, Hadassah International
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