A 15-year-old boy who fell on his bicycle’s handlebar after allowing a friend to sit on the back fender suffered a ripped duodenum and bled severely. Doctors at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center, where he was rushed 10 days ago, saved his life by operating on his small intestine to stop the hemorrhaging.
The hospital said that Lior Rabani, a 10th-grade pupil at the Heh Comprehensive School in Ashdod, slipped, causing the handlebar to penetrate his abdomen and tear his duodenum. Usually, the duodenum does not bleed severely, but the damage was significant. The operation to save him was complex. He has now shown the first signs of recovery, the hospital said.
Kaplan doctors urged parents, whose children are likely to ride their bikes during the Passover holiday, to supervise. Children and adults must always wear an authorized helmet and knee protectors. The rider should not others to share the bike. Riding should be only on organized trails, in parks and in other safe places and not on the street, they said.