Gilad Schalit smiles outside his Mitzpe Hila home 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)
IDF soldier Gilad Schalit underwent successful surgery Friday
morning, to remove seven pieces of shrapnel that struck him during
combat, when he was taken hostage in June 2006.Gilad
underwent a series of tests last week, after an initial examination
found that he suffered from a slight injury in his hand caused by the
shrapnel, and vitamin deficiency as a result of not being exposed to
Rambam Hospital in Haifa said that Schalit would remain another day at the hospital for observation.
'My son needs time to recover' says Noam Schalit
Schalit was released from captivity in Gaza two and a half weeks ago as part of a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.
Less than one week after his release from Hamas captivity, the freed
soldier received a visit at his home from President Shimon Peres.
Peres expressed his appreciation and admiration for Gilad's
perseverance, praising that he withstood a "difficult test. So much
time, many hours, days and years in a state of solitude and
uncertainty," Schalit's father Noam recalled to Channel 10 following the
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