16-year old Elchanan Biton, who was seriously injured in last Wednesday’s Jerusalem bombing, was released from Shaare Zedek Medical Center yesterday, in healthy condition.
The medical teams reported that Elchanan had suffered from multiple wounds as a result of the fragments that penetrated his body. His care was coordinated by Dr. Alon Schwartz, Director of Shaare Zedek’s Trauma Services upon arrival of the hospital. After being stabilized, he was transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) under the direction of Dr. Jack Brown who cared for Biton together with Dr. Yaron Armon of the Department of Pediatric Surgery, alongside a multi-departmental team of physicians, nurses, and support staff.
“Elchanan has been through a deeply traumatic experience, but he arrived in a place that introduced him to the best possible methods of caring, who enveloped him with all the treatments that have allowed him to recover. We are very thankful to the doctors and nurses for their dedication and hard work.”
Biton lost his close friend, Canadian Yeshiva Student Aryeh Schupak, z”l, in the bombing, and remembers him saying, “he was a young man who loved to learn and loved to help and in return was loved by all. I tried to pull him to the side, but quickly realized that he had been killed by the blast.”
Biton and his family expressed their deep gratitude to the hospital’s medical teams for their dedication and professionalism that helped lead to his release.
His doctors say they expect that Elchanan will be able to return to being fully active.
“We are very grateful and joyful that Elchanan was able to have such a recovery and wish him only continued good health and a full and speedy recovery.”