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‘Significant Progress’ in Terror Victims’ Medical Condition

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Thursday morning (Oct. 29) brought with it good news for those concerned about the victims of Arab terror attacks this week who are hospitalized in Jerusalem.

Doctors at Shaare Zedek Medical Center are reporting improvement in the condition of victims who arrived Wednesday Oct. 28 after an Arab terror attack in Gush Etzion.

The surgery to remove a knife embedded in a victim’s spinal cord was successful; the patient remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit but is not sedated and is not on a respirator.

The condition of four wounded soldiers has also improved, all of whom are hospitalized at Shaare Zedek as well. All are making good progress, doctors said.

Gilad, the wounded soldier from Beit Anoun, has regained consciousness and has begun to communicate with loved ones and slowly become aware of his surroundings.

Hana Levi Julian

Hadassah Doctors Accuse Shaare Zedek of Malpractice in Treating Terror Victim

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) The struggle between Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals has switched to a high gear after the victim of a recent terror attack in critical condition had been transferred from Shaare Zedek to Hadassah for treatment, Israel Army Radio reported Sunday. In Hadassah, some senior doctors treating the victim raised very serious allegations about the treatment he received at Shaare Zedek. According to one of the complaining doctors, the patient had undergone un-professional procedures that caused him irreparable brain damage which could have been prevented.

Hadassah doctors also claimed that at Shaare Zedek there are no neurosurgeons, and they pin the reason for not transferring the patient, a policeman, to Hadassah in the first place was because of the competition between the two hospitals.

The Health Ministry reassured Army Radio that the professional conduct at Shaare Zedek Medical Center is the best by any standards, and that the trauma unit at the hospital is one of the best in the country.

The Hadassah administration has not issued an official response to the story, while at Shaare Zedek there was angry reaction to the accusations. According to officials there, this contention is baseless and false, and is rooted in the image war between the two facilities, with Hadassah attempting to tarnish the Shaare Zedek treatment reputation compared to Hadassah.

Shaare Zedek officials added that in fact they fight for the life of every patient, and the truth is precisely the opposite — that if the same wounded policeman had it arrived at Hadassah they woud have declared him DOA and opting not to fight for his life to the end, the way the Shaare Zedek trauma room had done.

The ongoing prestige war between the two facilities found another expression in their struggle over who would treat Jerusalem Old City terror victims Adele Bennett and her son Nathan. Mother and son were initially evacuated each to a different hospital, and even when it had been decided that they should be united and be treated under the same roof together, the two facilities continued to debate for days where should be hosted, until it was finally decided to transfer Nathan from Shaare Zedek to Hadassah.

In another case, Hadassah has claimed that Shaare Zedek treated a stabbing victim with a disability, when Hadassah employs an in-house expert who specializes in treating this specific injury. Hadassah has argued that Shaare Zedek refused to move to the injured to their care. But Shaare Zedek told Army Radio that in that case the most professional decision came from an expert from the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, who believed they should wait with the surgery planned for that victim, and so he was released from the hospital.

Obviously, the fact that these minor professional skirmishes are being waged while a real terror war is going on does not help patient care.


Jerusalem Bus Station Stabber a Convicted Arab Terrorist

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The terrorist who stabbed a 72-year-old woman near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station early Wednesday evening was a resident of the city’s eastern Arab neighborhood of Ras el Amud, according to the Shin Bet, Israel’s Security Agency.

Ahmad Sha’aban, 23, was a convicted felon who had served time in an Israeli prison from 2012 to 2015 for terrorist activity, the Shin Bet revealed.

Sha’aban was shot and killed by a special ops police officer who spotted him fleeing with the knife in his hand after he was blocked from following his victim on to the bus she was boarding.

The victim, who managed to get into a front seat with some assistance, maintained consciousness throughout her ordeal. She was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where she is currently listed in fair condition.

According to a report broadcast on Galei Tzahal Army Radio, the Jerusalem municipality has announced it will equip its inspectors with specially padded vests to protect them from stabbing attacks.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Terror Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

A 25-year-old Jerusalem yeshiva student was stabbed in the neck Thursday around noontime by a 19-year-old Arab terrorist on Bar Lev Street near the Israel Police national headquarters.

The public is being asked to pray for Aron Moshe Chaim ben Chana, the Israeli student who is currently hospitalized in critical condition at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center as a result of the attack.

The terrorist, a resident of an eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood, attempted to first grab the weapon of a nearby security officer, but failed to steal it. He then pulled a knife and stabbed the yeshiva student.

Video credit: Israel News Flash

Special forces who were on patrol in the area tackled the terrorist and took him into custody. A second person was injured during that struggle.

The attack took place at a Jerusalem Light Rail stop near Ammunition Hill, where approximately one year ago, an Arab terrorist also attacked Israelis who were standing at a Light Rail stop nearby.

Thursday’s victim was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then evacuated — with the knife still in his body — to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. He was sedated and placed on a respirator, medics said.

The second victim was also treated for less serious wounds sustained during his struggle with the terrorist.

Light Rail service was temporarily suspended to allow security personnel to gather evidence at the site and conduct their investigation.

Service has been resumed.

Hana Levi Julian

Video: Furious Jews March Towards Old City, Demand Revenge

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

A mob of furious Jews marched in a protest towards the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday night at midnight, demanding vengeance for the Arab terrorist murder of two rabbis several hours earlier near the Lion’s Gate.

A 19-year-old Jerusalem Arab repeatedly stabbed and then shot the two rabbis, as well as the 22-year-old wife of one of the men, and their 2-year-old toddler, who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. His mother is in serious condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Her young daughter is badly traumatized but escaped physical injury.

Jews protested in various locations outside the Old City for hours after the attack as well.

Also in Jerusalem at midnight, Arabs were throwing stones and firebombs, and shooting fireworks at police at the Dung Gate entrance to the Old City as well.

Last Thursday Palestinian Arab terrorists murdered Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama before the horrified eyes of their four children in a drive-by shooting on a Samaria road between the Jewish communities of Itamar and Elon Moreh.

The IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested a number of suspects in the case in a complex joint operation in Shechem (Nablus) over the weekend and the investigation into that attack is continuing under gag order.

Hana Levi Julian

Shaare Zedek Celebrates 200th PGD-IVF Birth

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

With over 13,000 circumcisions under his knife, Rabbi David Fuld has witnessed far too many babies born with horrendous and debilitating genetic diseases, some of whom will never live to see their own Bar Mitzvah. For years, the plight of these children, as well as the financial and emotional price their families were forced to pay disturbed him to no end.

Discussing it with his wife Anita, they decided there must be something they could do to help families that wanted to have children, but were at high risk of having children with devastating genetic diseases.

Rabbi Fuld began searching for a solution and came across the research of Dr. Yury Verlinsky in Chicago. Born in Siberia, the doctor immigrated to the U.S. after – as a Jew – he was forbidden to practice medicine in the former USSR. Verlinsky had developed a genetic screening process called “Polar Body Analysis”, in which a by-product of the egg’s division during meiosis is detached and tested for genetic diseases on a molecular level, with no damage to the rest of the egg.

Rabbi Fuld cut a deal with Verlinsky, and a partnership began where Verlinsky’s technique and research would be developed and a testing and fertilization treatment facility would be established in Israel.

Rabbi Fuld began searching for a hospital in Israel that had both the capabilities and ethical standards he wanted to set up a PGD (Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis) and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) center.

The search eventually led him to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem, well known as “the hospital with a heart,” Shaare Zedek is unique in that it is guided by halachic (Jewish) law and is heralded for the high quality of treatment it offers its patients. Both were important standards for Rabbi Fuld.

Dr. Yonatan Halevy, Director General of Shaare Zedek introduced Rabbi Fuld to Shaare Zedek’s geneticist Professor Ephrat Levy-Lahad.

Rabbi Fuld offered Professor Levy-Lahad $250,000 to set up of a PGD-IVF research laboratory and treatment center, and she laughed as she explained to him that it would cost at least ten times that amount. Typically speaking, it can cost as much as $30,000 per child for PGD-IVF treatment, though over the past two years, Israeli insurance companies have begun to subsidize much of the cost for the first two children.

Rabbi Fuld, wealthy from his real estate holdings, understood the message. The rest, as they say, is history.

The first baby using PGD-IVF was born in 2005, and on Thursday, May 10, 2012, Shaare Zedek celebrated its 200th baby born using this technique. And there are many more babies in the pipeline.

Shaare Zedek: One of a kind

While there are seven genetic screening and fertilization centers in Israel, Shaare Zedek is the only one checking on the molecular level, compared to the more common chromosomal testing. This means the tests are more accurate and able to detect more genetic diseases. No other hospital in Israel has created as many children, and just as important, no other hospital has had as high a success rate in testing, impregnation, and live births as Shaare Zedek.

As anyone who saw the classic dystopian film Gattaca would recall, there are serious ethical issues that must be considered with PGD. PGD can test for gender and other genetic issues completely unrelated to health, which opens up an entire Pandora’s box.

Shaare Zedek is the only Israeli hospital with its own in-house ethical committee, which decides if the applying couples should receive PGD treatment, as well as ensuring that the entire process conforms to Halachah. The department assists Jews and Arabs alike.

Furthermore, as IVF treatments can be personally invasive on a physical and emotional level, the department’s staff of 30 are unusually sensitive to this potential discomfort and act accordingly.

There is also the issue of what happens to the fertilized, but diseased, embryos. Those embryos are used for testing to help the doctors improve their research and treatment. Before beginning treatment, the couples sign a waiver giving their consent.

Rabbi Fuld shared with The Jewish Press a few stories of the people he helped.

One ultra-Orthodox couple, based on genetic screening before marriage, knew they could never have children, as the risk was too high. But what could they do? They had fallen in love, and decided to marry anyway. Not having children was the price they were willing to pay to stay together. But they continued to search for a method that would work for them, and hearing about Shaare Zedek’s groundbreaking research, they flew to Israel for treatment.

Needless to say, they now have a healthy child.

In another unusual story, Shaare Zedek treated a couple afflicted with a form of dwarfism. Research at other hospitals had determined that it’s basically impossible to help such couples conceive a child, much less a healthy one. Yet today, there is a healthy child walking around Jerusalem, who will grow to normal height.

Stephen Leavitt

Aliyah Journal: Giving Birth To My First Sabra

Friday, December 19th, 2008

As readers of this column know, our aliyah experience has been studded with many “firsts.”  Baruch Hashem, as of a few weeks ago, I can proudly add a new one to the list: my first Sabra.

Before coming to Eretz Yisrael, I’d had a reasonable amount of experience giving birth, having, thank G-d, successfully accomplished this task four times back in the States. But that did not stop me from being jittery about the upcoming event here.  After all, this was Israel – a totally different country, with a different health care system and a different mindset.  I was warned by other mothers that the hospital experience is “just not the same.”  Don’t expect the same pampering that the nurses give you in the States. The delivery is done by a midwife, not a doctor, and though most agreed that the labor and delivery experience is quite positive, the stay in the mother-baby unit is decidedly different.  Here, they expect you to be much more independent, to walk to your meals rather than have them brought to you, to request painkillers rather than have them offered. 

Still, I figured, with Shaare Zedek Medical Center boasting one of the highest number of annual births in the developed world, these guys must know what they’re doing.  And so, that is where I headed on a balmy Sunday night in November, in the back of a blaring Hatzalah ambulance.

(We are a nation of chesed-doers, and the Hatzalah volunteers went above and beyond in their efforts to help me, even filling out my paperwork at the hospital! One of the volunteers – previously a total stranger – made the trip up the hill later that week to attend our Shalom Zachar.)

A few hours after arriving at the hospital, I gave birth to our first Sabra – and a Yerushalmi to boot!  As my sister-in-law pointed out, our little Mordechai is the first person, on both sides of the family, to be born in Eretz Yisrael in probably hundreds, maybe thousands of years.  Mordechai’s small shoulders are carrying the tremendous weight of history.  

Earlier apprehensions notwithstanding, my experience at Shaare Zedek was an overwhelmingly positive one. Shaare Zedek is one of the four Halacha-abiding hospitals in the country. This means that, aside from serving kosher food and being accommodating to religious needs, its policies and procedures are governed by Halacha.  While my hospital stay did not include a Shabbos, there are signs posted around the maternity ward announcing times for Kiddush, davening and Havdalah for the coming Shabbos. The hot water machine is specially designed for use on Shabbos. There are even posters hanging on the walls with the prayer for lighting candles, as well as signs with the Asher Yatzar prayer outside bathrooms, and a prayer for a woman in labor in the labor and delivery ward.

When I was brought into the hospital, all the staff wished me a “b’sha’ah tovah” – and after I gave birth, they all gave heartfelt mazel tovs. Their smiles grew even wider when I mentioned that this was my first baby born in Israel, and they gave me a second mazel tov, just for that.
Soon after giving birth, a nurse approached me with a nagel vasser cup and washed my hands.  Who knew from such things in America? I was particularly impressed with the staff’s sensitivity to tznius, modesty, which was expressed in various ways.  The staff in the maternity ward is almost 100 percent female, and they are very aware of the halachos of tznius, making sure the husband is behind a screen during the birth, and ensuring that curtains are drawn around a patient before examining her. 

This was in stark contrast to my experiences giving birth in the States, in which I was bothered by the staff’s lack of sensitivity in this regard. They would enter rooms without knocking, and examine you with doors open – I would have to ask them to close the door or curtain, which they would then do, as a special favor.   I recall asking for special long-sleeved hospital robes, and each time the nurse would look at me like I was crazy, then go searching in the back of the linen closet and dig one up.  In Shaare Zedek, all of the robes are long-sleeved and high-necked.

I loved that my baby was born into this world in an atmosphere of kedushah.  As my niece noticed when she came to visit, there are no televisions in the room. On the door of each room there is a large, decorative mezuzah with the words, “Alatz Libi BaHashem, My heart exults in Hashem.”  These words, from Shiras Chanah, the Song of Chanah in Shmuel I, describe the joy of a new mother who had been praying for years to have children and was finally answered – fitting indeed to be displayed in a maternity ward. 

 Here I did not have to feel self-conscious about religious performances as davening.  One morning, the chilonit maintenance worker came into our room to do her daily floor mopping. When she saw that my roommate was in the middle of davening, she quickly apologized and drew the curtain around her so that she shouldn’t be disturbed.

 I also did not have to feel self-conscious about the size of my family, and the fact that I dared to bring another baby into this world when I already had four at home.  In the hospital in America, when I gave birth to my third boy, the nurses made comments like, “you’re trying to give your husband a baseball team?” And when I was pregnant with my fourth, my non-Jewish co-worker gave me a blessing that I should have a girl, so that I could finally stop. (Never discount a blessing, no matter who it comes from – I did in fact have a girl.) Here, when the staff asked me what number baby this was and I said fifth, no one batted an eyelash. Indeed, when we left the hospital, the security guard at the door wished us mazel tov and a cheery, “See you next year!”   

All of my roommates, throughout my stay, were frum.  One was a first-time mother from Meah Shearim, who gave me a plateful of home-baked cakes, baked by her aunts.  Another had just given birth to her seventh, and was from a yishuv down South.  All new mothers who are able to walk around eat their meals together in a dining hall. Being in a hospital is a very equalizing experience.

Picture about 50 women, all from different backgrounds, all shuffling around in the same blue and pink hospital nightgown and bright pink hospital robe. Somehow, people seem a lot more similar to you when the outward differences in clothing are removed. The only telltale signs of distinction were the head-coverings – many wore snoods, some tichels, Chassidishe turbans, one or two Muslim headscarves, and a few were without any covering. And we all ate together.

An added benefit to giving birth in Shaare Zedek is that the hospital is Kohen-friendly, which was helpful for our family of Kohanim. One of the most visible manifestations of this is that if there is a dead body inside the building, the hospital posts a sign on the front door stating, “Azharah L’Kohanim,” warning Kohanim about the situation. If there is no sign, the Kohen knows the coast is clear.  When my husband came to visit me, there was indeed a sign on the door. The security guard told him that it usually takes about an hour for the status inside to change. My husband looked around for a place outside to sit in the meantime – and found a small shelter set up nearby for that express purpose, with a sign declaring it the waiting area for Kohanim!

What I loved most of all was that the view from my window displayed the mountains of Yerushalayim, and in particular, the back of the Bayit V’Gan neighborhood. This was a particularly meaningful view for me, as it was the same view, from a different angle, that I had awakened to in my bedroom in the Michlalah dormitory, 13 years earlier.  Did I ever imagine then that I would be here now?  I also loved that, after seeing that I was settled into my room after the delivery, my husband left the hospital, at three in the morning, and took a cab to the Kotel, where he learned until it was time for Vasikin. And he was not the only one.

As he said afterwards, “I knew why I was there. But what were all of them doing there?”  It was inspiring for him to see the early-morning regulars at the Kotel, the ones who come every day at 3:30 a.m. to set up the chairs for the large daily Vasikin minyan, and the ones who come out for the pre-Vasikin Daf Yomi shiur. How lucky we are to be part of such a holy nation! How lucky to live in the land where all it takes is a quick cab ride to be able to thank Hashem at the Kotel immediately after your wife brings a new Jewish neshamah into the world, in Eretz Yisrael!

Ashreinu, mah tov chelkeinu!

Gila Arnold

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