On Wednesday, March 16th, the Trauma Unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem triaged, treated, and saved three female patients who escaped the war in Ukraine. The evacuation mission of these patients was performed by Hatzolah Air with Shaare Zedek physicians being regularly updated on their conditions throughout the process.
The three patients all endured serious injuries—one woman, 30, was injured following a rocket hitting her home in Chernihiv, a Holocaust survivor, 85, is in stable condition following the attack, and another female, 97, is also now in stable condition after deciding to make Aliya with her family, in light of the immediate danger to their lives in Ukraine.
Shaare Zedek Director General Prof. Ofer Merin said, “it is a source of pride to be called upon to treat these patients and to be a part of the international medical effort during these deeply trying times. Shaare Zedek is uniquely positioned to contribute to helping save lives wherever in the world the need exists, and I thank Hatzolah Air for their pivotal role in this mission and to all our staff who responded to the call.”
Dr. Alon Schwartz, Director of the Shaare Zedek Trauma Unit also commented, “the patients were triaged in the Trauma Unit and after initial observation to determine their conditions were stable, they have been transferred to our inpatient units. In tandem with our social work teams, we are ensuring they are receiving optimal care for both their medical and emotional needs.”
Aaron Adler, CEO of Hatzolah Air added, “this marks the completion of a complex rescue and aid mission enabling these three women to make it to Israel. The entire mission was performed in coordination with Shaare Zedek who we have a long-lasting relationship with and we know they will be treated with the care they need and deserve. We continue to rescue and evacuate more patients from the war-struck areas to ensure they are given passage to safe areas for treatment.”
The compassionate care these patients received from Shaare Zedek medical staff, along with the collaboration and teamwork of Hatzolah Air and Magen David Adom, enabled the successful completion of this rescue and aid mission to bring these three war victims safely to Israel.