A wounded Syrian civilian, who was transferred to the IDF at the border, was
treated at Ziv Hospital in Safed with a note written in Arabic pinned to his
clothing describing his medical condition.
According to the note, the man
had spent two days in a Syrian hospital. He is the first wounded Syrian to be
treated in Israel after first receiving medical treatment in the country plagued
by a nearly two-year-old civil war. Israeli medical institutions have so far
treated 20 Syrians sent over the border.
The note said: “To the honorable
doctor, hello. The patient ––––, 28 years old, was hit by a bullet that went
into his chest and caused a fracture in his ribs and damage by shrapnel to the
diaphragm and liver. We opened his chest and abdomen and stopped the
hemorrhaging of the liver. It was impossible to sew up the liver, so we put a
pressure bandage on the stomach and sewed him up.
He remained for
observation. From Saturday, we watched his hemoglobin level and vital
signs. The doctors say his abdomen has to be reopened to examine the liver and
remove the pressure bandage. Please do what you think needs to be
done. Thanks in advance.”
At the bottom, the Syrian doctor listed
the drugs the patient was given and signed his name.
director Dr. Oscar Embon commented that the patient was in very serious
condition and transported by the UN to the IDF for continued treatment in
Dr. Amram Hadari, head of the Ziv trauma unit who was involved in
treating the patient in Safed, said that the man underwent a “damage control
operation” in Syria.
“It was elementary. I don’t know what means of
treatment the Syrian doctors had, but they saved his life. Here, he underwent
another operation to treat the wound in the liver, sew up the diaphragm and
drain fluid from the chest area. After the surgery, he was sent to our general
intensive care unit,” Hadari said.