Teenage hit-and-run victim will be home for the holidays

September 12, 2012 18:23


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Tigist Bitau, the 15-year-old amateur runner who was intentional run over 13 days ago by the driver of an all-terrain vehicle, was discharged Wednesday from Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot for outpatient rehabilitation at the Beit Loewenstein rehabilitation hospital in Ra’anana.

The girl, an Israel champion runner who was serious injured in the incident, said she didn’t believe that she would be able to go home for Rosh Hashana and celebrate with her family. "I wish for myself that in the new year, I’ll be able to run again," she said.

She thanked the doctors and nurses in Kaplan’s orthopedics department and teachers in Kaplan’s in-house school. In addition, a retired math teacher gave her personal lessons in algebra to make up what she had missed in class.

Dr. Shaul Sagiv, chief of orthopedics, said that after her surgery and medical care, Tigist’s condition improved rapidly. He had told her soon after her operation that he thought she would be able to put on her running shoes and use them within six months of her injury. "She is young and strong, and her ability to be rehabilitated is high," Sagiv said.

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