Syrian Amputee Leaves Ziv

9/9/2013

A young Syrian girl aged fifteen was brought to the Ziv Medical Center by the IDF with an amputated right leg as well as shrapnel wounds in her left leg and abdomen. The youngster was hospitalized for six weeks during which time she underwent a number of complex operations. She was released from the hospital, on the eve of the Jewish new year, with a broad smile, walking on crutches and a prosthesis, donated by a generous private donor.

When they left the Ziv Medical Center, the girl and her mother who accompanied her throughout  her hospitalization, thanked the medical team for their devoted treatment, their facilitation of the donation of a prosthesis and for saving her second leg from amputation. Summing- up their stay, a very emotional mother said: "I wish the people of Israel a happy new year and wish that we will be able to meet again in a saner Middle East, as we are all human beings".

The Syrian girl was hospitalized at first in Ziv's Intensive Care Unit for Children, as her condition was critical and later on, in the Orthopedic Department. Her mother told the medical team that she had been injured when her home was bombed and that her brother, grandmother and cousin had been killed. She also said that three days before being transferred to Israel for treatment, she had been treated at a field hospital in Syria where she underwent surgery for her abdominal wounds and the amputation of her leg.

An IDF paramedic who accompanied the girl and her mother to the Ziv Medical Center, was the same paramedic who accompanied them again upon their release. Unable to contain her excitement she said: "when we brought the girl to Ziv six weeks ago, she was in critical condition, almost dying. I can't believe that she is standing on her legs, with a big smile on her face. It is a wonderful feeling to see her like this."

Since February, 89 Syrian casualties from the civil war have been treated at the Ziv Medical Center. There are currently (Sept. 8th) 16 hospitalized Syrians, all severely injured.

The Ziv Medical Center has opened a bank account to accept donations for the treatment of the Syrian casualties. For more details: linda.f@ziv.health.gov.il