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May 29, 2016 / 21 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Surgery’

IDF Officer Still in Serious Condition After Bombing at Hizme

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

An IDF officer wounded in a terror attack at the Hizme checkpoint north of Jerusalem remains in serious condition, according to officials at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. He underwent complex surgery to address his injuries the morning after the attack.

The officer sustained head and face wounds when a pipe bomb blew up as he bent down to examine a suspicious-looking package on the ground at the entrance to the roadblock. The Hizme checkpoint is located close to the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev.

One of nine IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and pipe bombs used in a terror attack at the Hizme checkpoint.

One of nine IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and pipe bombs used in a terror attack at the Hizme checkpoint.

A total of four bombs detonated at the checkpoint Tuesday night, injuring a second soldier as well. He sustained shrapnel wounds in a leg and was evacuated to the hospital in good condition.

Sappers who were summoned to the site discovered an additional five bombs during their sweep of the area. All were defused by the bomb squad.

The public has been asked to pray for the health and well-being of Shachar ben Eilat.

Hana Levi Julian

‘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

John Kerry is Alive

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

John Kerry hasn’t been seen or heard from since his bicycling accident and subsequent surgery.

With the rumors that were starting to circulate about his health and even if he was alive, you’d think he was Vladmir Putin or Hassan Nasrallah.

But Kerry ended all the speculation today by releasing a photo of himself on Twitter with his status (thankfully, not a selfie).

John Kerry ‏@JohnKerry Feeling good a week after surgery. Good chats today w/@AmbassadorRice & @StateDept senior team. The work continues!

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Iranians Wonder, Is the Supreme Leader Fading?

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Iranian media has been showing photos of a very frail Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranians are wondering whether their Supreme Leader is fading.

It is the Supreme Leader who makes the sole decision about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear development policies.

Last month Iran’s the country’s top leader made a surprise announcement that he was asking for the country’s prayers because he was due to have surgery.

The operation on his prostate, according to his spokespeople, was to last “only 30 minutes” and was carried out “under local anesthesia.”

Nevertheless, the Supreme Leader has looked pale and frail in media images ever since, with every leader in his government seen visiting his bedside.

Questions are being bandied about over who will succeed him – and analysts say the questions are becoming more serious as the days pass.

Iran has had only two Supreme Leaders since the 1979 revolution, and any instability due to a vacuum at the top could mean a national security issue.

The Supreme Leader is elected by the Assembly of Experts, which is primarily comprised of religious officials. The country’s elite Revolutionary Guards, however, are also expected to influence any choice for Khamenei’s successor, when the issue becomes relevant.

When the Assembly met in early September, Khamenei called for unity. “There are differences in taste on political issues, on political issues small and large,” he said. “But these differences cannot destroy the unity of the country or empathy within the country. Everyone should be together.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jonathan Pollard Underwent Emergency Surgery

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Jonathan Pollard was hospitalized on Wednesday, after becoming seriously ill.

After being rushed to the hospital, Pollard underwent surgery, but it not currently known for what specific health problem.

Pollard’s health has been seriously deteriorating as of late.

Refuah Sheleimah.

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Israeli Invents New Super Glue for Internal Surgery Incisions

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Israeli Prof. Havazelet Bianco-Peled of Haifa’s Technion University has invented a new super glue that mechanically seals areas of potential leakage after surgery, without the need for sutures.

Bianco-Peled set up the Sealantis start-up at Technion in 2007, and the company now is expecting FDA approval for the “Seal-V” glue, developed from the cell walls of brown algae.

Seal-V retains its sealant capacity even on wet surfaces,” said Bianco-Peled. The glue also is biorestorbable, meaning that the body automatically absorbs it after the wound heals.

JTA

Security and the Belt

Monday, October 14th, 2013

When the surgeon first explained what he was going to do during my recent operation, my first thought was, “Pins? You’re going to put pins in my shoulder? Am I going to set off the metal detectors???”

The thought of having to deal with this just about broke me…and then the doctor smiled and said no, the pins weren’t made of metal and would actually, disintegrate in about six months.

I would have to wear an “immobilizer” belt made by an Israeli company named Uriel. I bought the belt and brought it on the day of the operation and woke up wearing it and except for showering, I’ve been wearing it ever since.

At the beginning, night and day, I had to wear it as you see in the picture. Arm firmly secured to my body – top and bottom. After several weeks, I “graduated” to having to keep the upper arm band in place, but the lower arm can be released.

This morning, for the first time since the operation, my husband dropped me off for a few hours to see what’s happening here at the office. I’m not officially back to work yet, but I needed to get out and because he had a meeting in Tel Aviv – he could drive me in and take me home later. I can barely handle car rides; I wasn’t up to trying buses and trains.

I work in the center of Jerusalem. It’s a beautiful city, made especially more beautiful now that the work on the light rail has finished. The city is full of people – shopping, eating, walking. And the people are as varied as the shops – Israelis, new immigrants, Arabs, tourists…

Within a 10 minute walk from my building in any direction, you can find at least a dozen plaques dedicated to victims of terror attacks. Here in the heart of Jerusalem, Palestinians terrorists have set off dozens of bombs. It is a reality that slips to the back of our minds, but never goes away. Day to day, we function normally, think of other things, regular, ordinary.

As I walked past the sidewalk and open plaza heading into the building, a guard was approaching a microwave oven. Someone had left it on a bench. They are trained to see the un-ordinary and this qualified. They have seconds to figure out what probably happened, what it is, and if it poses a threat. What probably happened is that someone who lives nearby had a microwave. Maybe they took it to be fixed at one of the stores and heard the price and thought – for that I can buy a new one. Who knows?

But you can’t trust the guess, you have to check. The guard carefully opened it and looked inside. To call a bomb squad would shut down the center of Jerusalem for an hour or more, disrupt the end of rush hour, halt all train service throughout the city. If he’d seen enough to suspect, he would have called it.

He should have called the bomb squad but he took that chance. He looked at it, around it…and then slowly opened it and looked inside. I kept walking, praying I wouldn’t hear (or feel) a boom. I didn’t turn around. Perhaps someone came running, “that’s mine, that’s mine. I’m sorry, I went to get a newspaper.” Perhaps it was any number of other things. It wasn’t a bomb…that I would have heard. It can slip way back into your head, but it never goes away.

At the door to the building, I put my purse and a bag on the guard’s table…but he wasn’t looking at them. He was looking at me…and down at the belt.

“What’s the belt?” he asked and for the first time it clicked.

No, it isn’t filled with explosives and I’m not committing suicide. But you don’t joke with security – that’s the first rule. They need to know what is happening, to decide quickly if I pose a threat.

I don’t fit profile. I’m not a young man and I’m clearly not Palestinian. If he heard my accent, he’s hear the English in it. Most people don’t come live in Israel to blow something up. Add it all up – the look of me said one thing, the belt hinted at something else.

Paula Stern

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