Run-over amateur runner goes home for holidays

15-year-old amateur runner who was intentionally run over 13 days ago by driver of an all-terrain vehicle discharged.

September 13, 2012 07:13
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TIGIST BITAU 390. (photo credit: Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center)


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Tigist Bitau, the 15-year-old amateur runner who was intentionally 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 field runner who was seriously injured in the incident, said she couldn’t believe that she would be able to go home for Rosh Hashana and celebrate with her family.

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“I wish for myself that in the new year, I’ll be able to run again,” Bitau said.

Before she left Bitau thanked the doctors and nurses in Kaplan’s orthopedics department and the teachers in Kaplan’s in-house school. During her stay she had also had private algebra lessons from a retired math teacher to make up what she had missed in class.

Chief of orthopedics Dr. Shaul Sagiv said that after her surgery and medical care, Bitau’s condition improved rapidly. He had told her soon after her operation that he thought she would be able to put her running shoes back on 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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