Huldai's health raises concerns

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai's medical history has been exposed in detail following an incident in which he fainted after working out at the Ramat Aviv Gimmel country club two weeks ago.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
December 2, 2007 07:33
2 minute read.
ron huldai 88 224

ron huldai 88 224. (photo credit: )

 
X

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 analysis 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

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai's medical history has been exposed in detail following an incident in which he fainted after working out at the Ramat Aviv Gimmel country club two weeks ago. The Hebrew weekly Yediot Tel Aviv has published the mayor's medical file, including the details of a previously unpublicized operation to remove a blood clot from his neck in 2005 and several earlier surgeries. According to the newspaper, Huldai had worked out at the country club's gymnasium and was in the dressing room after taking a shower when he said he felt dizzy and then fainted. His alarmed personal adviser, Yigal Shapira, called an ambulance, and the mayor was swiftly taken to Ichilov Hospital. Doctors released him after about an hour and a half and pronounced him healthy, saying pressure on a nerve had caused the fainting spell. On his release, Huldai himself said, "I'm healthy, everything is okay." But the newspaper has obtained Huldai's medical file and has raised questions about the true state of the mayor's health. The file reportedly says that Huldai has hardened arteries and high cholesterol, requiring daily medication. And in September 2005, he had an operation to remove a small blood clot from an artery in his neck, something those close to him allegedly "tried to hide" by saying he was on vacation in Eilat. Doctors reportedly told Huldai to work less and rest more after the operation, and the mayor stopped smoking. According to the report, Huldai had been under the surgeon's knife several times previously. In May 2004, after feeling pressure in his chest, Huldai was diagnosed with a rare benign growth on a valve in his heart. Because doctors in Israel had little experience in removing this kind of growth, Huldai flew to Canada for open-heart surgery at the more experienced Toronto General Hospital. And back in the 1970s, when he was still serving in the air force, Huldai had surgery on his back for a slipped disk. Huldai's personal physician, Professor Ardon Rubinstein, dismissed the newspaper's questioning of the mayor's health. "Ron Huldai's medical situation is exceptional," Rubinstein said. "He is physically active and has no limitations in any area. A man with hardening of the arteries like he has - which is common to more than 50 percent of the population - must be under medical supervision that takes into consideration his age and his history, and that is exactly what he is doing."

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

JERUSALEM: RESETTLED upon its desolation
December 19, 2010
Vying for control of the Temple Mount – on Foursquare

By SHARON UDASIN

Cookie Settings