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Hadassah Treats Victims of Terrorism

Dear Friends,

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.

We are proud of the invaluable role our physicians and nurses play today and every day in saving lives. Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones, including the family of Police Officer Zidan Saif, 30, who succumbed to his wounds at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.

As we focus our attention on strengthening HMO, we are reminded of the importance of our work for the people of Israel.

Join us as we pray for peace.

Thank you, as always for your support.

Marcie E. Natan
Hadassah National President

Jerusalem's Cell Cure Neurosciences, whose mission is to become a leading supplier of human cell-based therapies for the treatment of retinal and neurodegenerative diseases, has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a clinical trial to treat the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with OpRegen®, a first-of-its kind animal product-free, retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell formulation derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).

Describing the Hadassah Medical Center's new inpatient facility-- the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower--as "a beacon of healing that rises from the Jerusalem hillside," Acting Director General Prof. Tamar Peretz explained to her New York audience of supporters that "a steering committee of people on both sides of the ocean worked together to plan the best hospital building in the world."

"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 Hadassah Medical Center, using the powerful research tool of advanced gene sequencing, has identified a gene mutation that 3 of a couple's 12 children shared, which caused them to have an intellectual disability, short stature, seizures, and disturbed glucose metabolism. Now the other healthy children are able to be tested to see if they carry the mutation and to plan their futures.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

Terrorism and other mass casualty events have been the mother of invention for the Hadassah Medical Center's orthopedic trauma teams.

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.

"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.

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.

Iemima died today October 26, 2014 at Hadassah, the second victim of a terrorist who deliberately drove his car into a crowd at the Light Train station in Jerusalem.

Thousands of weeping Israelis of all ages accompanied Lieutenant Tamar Ariel to her final resting place in Israel's Moshav Masuot Yitzhak, where her mother, Anat Tuchman Ariel, and her father, Hanan Ariel, met while her mother was on Hadassah's Young Judaea Year Course. Some knew Tamar from the family's Hadassah/Young Judaea connections; others were family and friends. Still others came to pay their last respects to the first religious woman to complete the Air Force's tough pilots' course and thereby make history.

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.

"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."

Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach, Director of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, was invited to address top health care leaders about what the United States can learn from Israel's health care system at The Economist's Health Care forum 2014 entitled "A Global Business in Flux," in Boston, MA on September 17.

The forty young Japanese singers stood in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower atrium, filling it with music and drawing patients, doctors and nurses to the harmonious sound.

Saranchuluun Otgon arrived in Jerusalem in September 2007 with a master's degree in social work from the University of Mongolia. She was one of the 20-something students at the foreign student master's degree program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Hadassah Braun School of Public Health.

 Prof.Tamar Peretz
(2nd from left) with IMPH graduates

Keynoting the colorful 39th graduation ceremony of the International Master of Public Health (IMPH) program of the Hadassah-Hebrew University's Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine was 1999 IMPH graduate, Dr. Anna Marzec-Boguslawska, Director of The National AIDS Center, Warsaw, Poland. Her topic was: "Bringing it All Together: Building on the IMPH experience for effective responses to public health threats in an ever-changing world."

The members of the group from Brazil had been in Israel all week, and had followed the news which had highlighted Prof. Rivkind's life-saving role in each one of the tragic incidents. Hadassah, once again, was at the forefront of dealing with mass casualties of war and natural disasters.

The Panama Uplift project was a private event with limited capacity and was held in an art studio. Thirteen women of different ages participated. Each one came inspired and created a work of art.

Naomi Meltzer is the 2014 winner of the Valda Knight Memorial Scholarship (VKMS). Naomi is the only Optometrist specialising in Low Vision in New Zealand. Through her application, she expressed an interest in gaining experience as an observer at the Low Vision Clinic at Hadassah and the Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Clinic, as well as other Low Vision Clinics in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Hadassah United Kingdom was privileged to host Prof. Michael Wilschanski, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center's Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit for a presentation entitled "Every Jewish Mother's Child Has a Tummy Ache.'"

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, Dr. Sydney Ohana, Honorary President of Hadassah France, visited the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem accompanied by a parliamentary delegation.

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