Rambam Hospital is suffering the distinction of being the first to confront meeting an unprecendented challenge -providing lifesaving emergency treatments of civilian casualties of missile attacks, at the same time receiving IDF war wounded from South Lebanon (you know how the Hezb’Allah jihadis love shrapnel and ballbearings in their IEDs) and going into crisis mode while under missile attack. More than 20 missile have fallen with 500 meters are Rambam since the war began. One after another.
Remember when hospitals and ambulances were off limits?
The IDF soldiers exemplify honor, duty, country. Very much like our boys.
All of these soldiers were surrounded by so many members of their families. So wonderful. It was moving. And they were so happy and grateful that we came. We are the grateful ones.
Shrapnel (a Syrian specialty) removed from victims.
Shrapnel embedded in the lungs and heart
Soldiers visiting soldiers.
The hospital was beautiful. In the lobby was a promenade with shops and fabi little restaurants. It was magnificent. A glorious attempt to make a difficult time in one's life, more tolerable.
Such a country. These boys go into battle and come out men. Israel is on the front lines on the war on the Jihad.
It was an unbelievable day. A summer camp for Ethiopian children displaced by the missles in the north, a secret military base in action when we arrived rescuing the wounded (and dead) from today's latest battle, thanking wounded soldiers , the Patriot missile installation and a one and one with Dore Gold.
Will post when I can. Will try to work as late as I can. Will be in Gaza tomorrow.
Just heard my ma is not well..............have to make different arrangements.
UPDATE AUGUST 4th: Hizballah Rockets Strike Israeli Hospital - Matthew Kalman
In Nahariya, Dr. Uri Rehany picked his way through the wreckage of the Western Galilee Hospital's eye department where a Hizballah rocket had exploded last Friday, destroying the entire floor. The rocket devastated patient rooms and medical systems, including sensitive ocular ultrasound equipment worth more than $120,000. Twisted pieces of metal and smashed masonry crashed down onto the empty hospital beds. A gaping hole which was once a window shows where the missile struck, sending shrapnel and high explosives tearing through the ward.
"They target civilians - hospitals, schools, whatever they can. We are so sorry when we hear that something happened to a civilian by mistake, but they specifically aim at civilian targets. They're not even ashamed of it," Rehany said, who also recalled that before Israel left southern Lebanon in 2000, about one-third of his patients were Lebanese.
UPDATE August 8th: * Haifa Hospital Goes Underground *
Officials at Haifa's Rambam Hospital began Monday morning the process of transferring whole wings and patients to a large underground bomb shelter containing hundreds of beds.
The bomb shelter was prepared in recent weeks in the wake of the outbreak of hostilities in the North. The advanced facility includes air-conditioning and other systems required in order to perform the functions of a regular hospital.
Earlier in the war, the hospital in the northern town of Nahariya moved its operations underground.