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A 31-year-old Ashkelon woman who was severely injured in a road accident eight years ago - going into cardiac arrest, losing her abdominal muscles and suffering brain injury - has given birth to a healthy baby boy, thanks to staff at Hadassah-University Medical Center, where her life was saved and her baby was delivered.
Ziv Mor, an art therapy student, and her husband Nitzan, a policeman at the time of the accident who is now a regional director of the National Council for the Prevention of Accidents, were overjoyed on Tuesday at the birth of their 2.3-kilo son. His ritual circumcision is due to be held next Sunday. They already have a nine-year-old daughter, Shahar, but Ziv lost an eight-week-old fetus in the accident, and the couple yearned to have more children.
After the May 1999 accident near Beit Guvrin, Ziv was rushed to Hadassah in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem by helicopter. Prof. Avi Rivkind, head of the trauma unit and director of the surgery division, was there to receive Ziv, who was then an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. "I doubted she would survive; victims with such injuries have less than a one-per-cent chance of survival," he recalled.
She was resuscitated after her cardiac arrest, but she also lost her abdominal muscle and fascia. She had a head injury and her pelvis was damaged. She was in the hospital's intensive care unit for almost four months and since has undergone many operations at Hadassah.
"I recall the day very well," Rivkind told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, "as I was in the middle of teaching a trauma course to medical students when I was called in. You don't see a case like this very often in which the victim survives."
After she regained consciousness, surgeons inserted an mesh to hold her abdominal organs in. She was instructed to permanently wear a special girdle as well.
The Mors wanted another baby, but were not successful - even though her reproductive organs were not damaged - until early this year, when Ziv became pregnant.
"They saved her life at Hadassah, and she received very good treatment. We feel at home in Hadassah, so we came here for the delivery," Nitzan said. Prof. Yossi Ezra delivered the baby by cesarean section, and she and the baby are due to be discharged on Monday. "We hope to have at least one more child," the proud father added.