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Struck by Lightning at Camp, Ethan Kadish Battles Brain Injury

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

On Saturday, two weeks after Ethan Kadish’s 13th birthday, the members of his family will gather around a Torah scroll in the chapel of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for a small ceremony marking his entrance into adulthood.

This was not the bar mitzvah that Scott and Alexia Kadish envisioned seven weeks ago when Ethan was still at the Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Zionsville, Ind.

Scott and Alexia had just finished mailing Ethan’s bar mitzvah invitations and were making final plans for a week of vacation when they received the call: While helping younger campers learn the rules of Ultimate Frisbee, Ethan and two other children had been struck by lightning.

The other children were released from the hospital soon afterward. But Ethan, who suffered cardiac arrest as a result of the strike, was in critical condition. Nearly two months later he is still fighting the effects of a catastrophic brain injury.

“We know that Ethan will be in the hospital for many months,” Scott said. “But the progress we have seen — which we are measuring week to week and month to month, not day to day — has been in a forward direction.”

Initially hospitalized in Indianapolis, Ethan was airlifted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in early July. After two weeks in intensive care, he has regained the ability to breathe on his own, but he remains unable to engage in purposeful movements. Although he has irregular periods of open-eyed wakefulness, his parents told JTA they are not sure of the extent of his vision.

The family has benefited from the support of their community, including their rabbi, Sissy Coran of Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, who spent the night with the Kadishes on the second day of Ethan’s hospitalization. Meals have been delivered to them three times a week, and hundreds have signed up for Team Ethan on the Lotsa Helping Hands website, which assists families caring for a sick relative.

“We have experienced the best of humanity,” Alexia said.

Now the family is seeking another kind of help.

In cooperation with the HelpHOPELive fundraising website and the Great Lakes Catastrophic Injury Fund, the Kadishes are hoping to raise money to cover Ethan’s medical expenses, many of which will not be covered by insurance, they say.

In an interview, the couple — who also have set up a webpage to keep well-wishers informed of Ethan’s condition — were candid about the emotional difficulties of the preceding weeks, from the anguished ride from Cincinnati to the hospital in Indianapolis, to the emotional pain of having an unresponsive child. But they remain hopeful.

Recently they took Ethan outside into the sunlight and were rewarded with a response from their son: a tiny but unmistakable laugh.

Nonetheless, as they prepare for the months and years ahead, the Kadishes are cognizant of the many challenges facing their family. They have two other children, ages 16 and 10.

“Our other children certainly know there has been a huge change in our family lifestyle,” Alexia said. “They see how many hours Scott and I spend at the hospital. But we’re trying really hard to create a schedule as the school year starts to provide some source of normalcy in our family unit.”

“This,” Scott added, “is our new normal.”

Lightning Strikes Jewish Camp in Midwest, 3 Children Injured UPDATED

Monday, July 1st, 2013

SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF ARTICLE

Lightning struck at a Reform Jewish Camp in Zionsville, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis, on Saturday. Three children were hit by the lightening, all were seriously enough injured to warrant being taken to a hospital, one of the three was in critical condition.

The lightning struck a playing field sometime around 1:30 p.m.

According to some reports, there was no storm and not even any rain at the time the lightning struck, while other reports claimed storm clouds had already begun gathering at the time of the incident.

The three campers who were injured included a  a 9-year-old girl from Missouri, a 9-year-old boy from Kentucky, and a 12-year-old boy from Loveland, Ohio.  The Ohio boy is the one who was in critical condition, but his health had stabilized by Sunday evening.

The camp, Goldman Union Camp Institute, is one of 13 camps run by the Union for Reform Judaism.  It has been in operation for 55 years.

The camp’s Facebook page had a message posted from the head of camp, Rabbi Mark Covitz.

“This Shabbat afternoon, lightning struck URJ Goldman Union Camp. Three campers were injured. Camp personnel and emergency professionals responded quickly. The children were taken to local hospitals and we have spoken with each child’s parents. We are resuming our normal camp schedule, which will include dinner and evening program.  Please know, the safety of your children is our highest priority.”

As of Sunday evening, many dozens of refuah shleimah wishes were left on the camp’s Facebook page.

UPDATE: The Rabbi of the Goldman Union camp sent out an email on Monday, July, 1.  In it he shared the good news that one of the three children who had been struck by lightning on Shabbat has been released from the hospital.

He also shared the video, below, taken at the camp after lunch on Monday.  It shows the campers singing “Kehilla kedosha,” which means holy or sacred community.

Kehilah Kedoshah from URJ GUCI on Vimeo.

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