Many operations await Kassam victim

Doctors save 10-year-old Yossi Haimov's arm, but his shoulder will need reconstructive surgery.

Kassam bloody gd 298.88 (photo credit: Maya Lefkowitz )
Kassam bloody gd 298.88
(photo credit: Maya Lefkowitz )
The life of Yossi Haimov, a 10-year-old Sderot boy who on Monday suffered serious wounds to his shoulder and arm from a Kassam rocket, is not in danger, but his shoulder will require numerous operations before it can function, doctors at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon said Tuesday. Barzilai surgeons operated for three hours on Monday to save the boy's arm and shoulder. Haimov's hand, blood vessels and nerves are in good shape, but his shoulder will have to be reconstructed. He is conscious but under sedation to reduce his pain, doctors said. On Tuesday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Health Minister Ya'acov Ben-Yizri both visited him. Barzilai, which has shouldered the brunt of casualties from Kassam rocket attacks in Sderot and its environs, was also busy on Tuesday conducting an emergency drill that involved hundreds of medical and security personnel. The organizers of the drill deemed it a success.