Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital copes with sudden casualties

Staff pulls together to care for 67 wounded soldiers from Zikim attack.

September 11, 2007 23:15
1 minute read.
Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital copes with sudden casualties

kassam zikim 2 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital had no warning before the first wounded soldiers were brought by ambulance from the Zikim base a 10-minute drive away at 2 a.m Tuesday, but the staff quickly organized to give them and all who followed the best possible treatment. "We had a drill just two months ago, but with fewer wounded than what we had to cope with Tuesday morning," said deputy hospital director-general Dr. Emil Hai. "But two and a half years ago, we had a large exercise with 100 wounded." Barzilai received 67 wounded soldiers, four of them in serious condition and seven in moderate condition, with the rest suffering light shrapnel wounds or shock. Eight of the wounded were flown by helicopter to other hospitals, either because Barzilai does not have a neurosurgery department or because doctors did not want them to have to wait for treatment. They were rushed to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva and Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem. A few hours after the rockets hit the training camp, more than two dozen soldiers had been discharged, and more with light injuries are expected to be sent home before Rosh Hashana begins on Wednesday evening. The most seriously wounded patient, at Sheba, underwent three head operations within a few hours in an effort to save his life. A soldier who suffered a shrapnel wound to his heart was operated on at Barzilai, and his life was saved. The emergency highlighted Barzilai's need for a new urgent care department, said Hai. "We lack space, and facilities are not all in the same place, so we have to bring resources together in a crisis. Eighty percent of the funds are from donations, and the rest from the government. There have been delays, but we hope the tractors will start working soon."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town