Election day was a painful one for Pini Levi, president of the Gedera Rotary
organization, who fell from a ladder when he tried to hang a banner for his
favorite candidate high up for all to see. He fell, suffering serious fractures
in both his hands.
The 58-year-old man had climbed up on the roof of his
home on Monday, before election day. When the ladder collapsed, he instinctively
attempted to protect himself with his hands. The rest of his body, however, was
He was rushed in a lot of pain to Kaplan Medical Center in
Rehovot and underwent surgery to restore full functioning in his dominant right
Metal plates were inserted to strengthen the bones in his
He felt well enough afterwards to leave the hospital and vote for
his favorite mayoral candidate.
Dr. Eyal Hendler, a senior orthopedist at
the hospital, said that when the man arrived at the emergency room and underwent
scanning, doctors could immediately see that the bones at the base of his right
hand had been smashed, and that a bone in the left palm had been
He did not need surgery in the left hand, but in the right one
he needed platinum plates to be inserted to set the bone.
His hands will
have to be be in a cast for four weeks, followed by physiotherapy.
the candidate heard of the accident, he went several times to visit Levi,
thanking him and wishing him a full recovery.