51 soldiers and 14 civilians still hospitalized due to Gaza war

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January 18, 2009 21:56

While a cease-fire was ostensibly in effect on Sunday, for seriously wounded soldiers and civilians, the struggle to survive and be well continued.

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51 soldiers and 14 civilians still hospitalized due to Gaza war

wounded soldier 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

While a cease-fire was ostensibly in effect on Sunday, for seriously wounded soldiers and civilians, the struggle to survive and be well continued. With the relative quiet and fortunate lack of wounded after the cease-fire was unilaterally declared by Israel, only one victim of Gazan fire was taken to the hospital, a woman who suffered light shrapnel wounds to her hand when a Grad rocket hit her garden in Ashdod. Of the 51 soldiers and 14 civilians still hospitalized on Sunday, most were in good or moderate condition and improving. But a small number remain in very serious condition. A total of 13 soldiers are in moderate condition and about 30 in good condition. Sec.-Lt. Aharon Karov, a reserve paratrooper officer from Karnei Shomron who suffered serious head wounds a week after he got married, remains in very serious condition at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva. A Golani soldier from the Golani Brigade who was hurt by friendly fire is also in the intensive care unit and suffering from severe neurological injuries. Still at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer is Val Jenam, a Druse soldier in the Golani Brigade who was wounded by friendly fire from an Israeli tank. He remains ventilated and in a coma. Gal Or, a soldier, is the only war-wounded patient remaining at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem. He has improved and is in moderate condition. Orel Yelizarov, a seven-year-old boy who was severely injured by a piece of shrapnel that pierced his head while his mother covered him with her body when a Grad rocket hit Beersheba, showed no improvement on Sunday. His doctors at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon decided not to perform brain surgery, as it would be too dangerous, and said that if he did regain consciousness, the sliver did not have to be removed. The wounded are dispersed among six hospitals - Sheba, Rabin, Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, Hadassah, Barzilai and Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. Israeli hospitals have treated more than 800 civilians, most of them suffering from emotional shock, and wounded soldiers since the war began three weeks ago.


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