Archives for May 2012

05.17.12 – 15-year-old almost loses outer ear after piercing

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
05/17/2012 00:50

Doctors perform emergency surgery, save him from amputation of his external ear.

Niv Lin’s ear PHOTO: KAPLAN MEDICAL CENTER

A 15-year-old boy who allegedly underwent ear piercing illegally without parental permission suffered severe gangrene and almost lost his earlobe to infection. Doctors at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot performed emergency surgery last week and saved him from amputation of his external ear.

The teen, Niv Lin from Mazkeret Batya, arrived at the hospital with an advanced infection of his left earlobe. Doctors sent him for an urgent operation under general anesthesia to remove gangrenous pieces of cartilage from his ear.

Dr. Hagit Shofel Habakuk, a surgeon in the ear-nose-and-throat department, said that piercing ear cartilage, especially on the upper part of the outer ear, can be very harmful. The infection could have spread to his blood circulation and bones, she said.

“Prevent your children from suffering unnecessary complications,” she urged.

The boy received intravenous antibiotics for several days in an effort to create new cartilage and restore the shape of his outer ear.

His father, Gil, said he and his wife had been on a ski vacation when their son went to have the upper part of his ear pierced. When they returned, they found he had an earring and an extremely swollen ear.

“We were very angry that he did it without our permission; we even went to talk to the young man who did the piercing to tell him he acted illegally,” the boy’s father said.

The family’s health fund physician referred them to Kaplan, where the doctors immediately made a cut to drain out the pus. But a general operation was necessary to stop the spread of gangrene.

Lin told his parents that he had dropped the idea of piercing his ear.

“I went through a very unpleasant experience. I call on other youths not to undergo piercing even if they have to endure social pressure,” he said.

According to a 2004 Knesset amendment, no one may perform piercing of the body (except the lower part of the ear) on anyone under the age of 16 without the parents’ written consent.

05.17.12 – Ear Piercing gone wrong- Boy, 15, almost lost his outer ear

Rehovot – A 15-year-old Israeli boy who allegedly underwent ear piercing illegally without parental permission, suffered severe gangrene and almost lost his earlobe to infection.

Niv Lin, a teenager from Mazkeret Batya, had his upper part of the earlobe pierced without the consent of his parents. His parents had been on a ski vacation. They returned only to find their son wearing an earring and with an extremely swollen left lobe.

“We were very angry that he did it without our permission; we even went to talk to the young man who did the piercing to tell him he acted illegally,” Gil, the boy’s father told The Jerusalem Post.
With his ear piercing gone all wrong, Lin visited their family’s health fund physician’s clinic, with his parents and a swollen left earlobe. The doctor immediately made an incision in his lobe to drain out the pus. However, he suspected an advanced infection-Gangrene, and hence referred them to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, that would facilitate a general operation to be performed, to stop it from spreading.
Kaplan Medical Center Doctors sent him for an urgent surgery under general anesthesia to get rid of the gangrenous pieces of cartilage from his ear.
Helix piercing is extremely harmful, and is frequently accompanied with prolonged infection and occasionally permanent disfigurement of the earlobe.

“The infection could have spread to his blood circulation and bones”, said Dr. Hagit Shofel Habakuk, a surgeon in the ear-nose-and-throat department. She further urged all parents to prevent their children from undergoing these unnecessary complications.

In order to create a new cartilage and restore the shape of his outer ear, Lin received intravenous antibiotics for several days.

“I went through a very unpleasant experience. I call on other youths not to undergo piercing even if they have to endure social pressure,” he said. He also told his parents that he had dropped the idea of piercing his ear.

According to a 2004 Knesset amendment, piercing of the body (except the lower part of the ear) on anyone under the age of 16, without the parents’ written consent, is prohibited.

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05.11.12 – World’s largest mezuzah donated to hospital

Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot presented with 1.4 meters bronze mezuzah, donated by Israeli-French businessman Shmuel Flatto-Sharon. Official request to record it as world’s largest mezuzah submitted to Guinness Book of World Records

Ynet

Published: 05.11.12, 14:15 / Israel Jewish Scene

It is made of Bronze, weighs 40 kilograms and is 1.4 meters tall –meet the largest mezuzah in the world, which was placed on Monday at the entrance to the emergency Room at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

The parchment rolled inside the mezuzah, which is inscribed with Shma Yisrael and additional Torah portions, is 60 centimeters long when spread out.

פרופ' יהב ופלאטו שרון (משמאל) בטקס קביעת המזוזה (צילום: רות פרישברג)
Flatto-Sharon (L) and Yahav (R) with the mezuzah (Photo: Ruth Frishberg)

The oversized mezuzah was donated by Israeli-French businessman Shmuel Flatto-Sharon, who had an official request with the Guinness Book of World Records to record it as the largest mezuzah in the world.

Flatto-Sharon, along with hospital director Prof. Yaacov Yahav, affixed the mezuzah at the entrance to the Emergency Room, saying that “from now on, we can kiss the mezuzah every morning for good health.

“I hope it brings good luck and health to those who visit the hospital,” Flatto-Sharon said, adding “for me it’s a big challenge to put one of the most well-known Jewish symbols in the Guinness Book of World Records and leave behind a mark, as a Zionist Jew.”

According to Jewish tradition, the mezuzah is affixed on the right side of the doorframe of every room in the house (except washrooms), as is stipulated in Deuteronomy, 6:9. “And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

 

05.01.2012 – Angry young bull attacks kibbutz volunteer

By JUDY SIEGEL
05/01/2012 04:16

Doctors said she “miraculously” suffered only light harm, though incident could easily have had tragic end.

Recovering victim
PHOTO: COUTESY KAPLAN MEDICAL CENTER

A bull turned violent and attacked an 18-year-old woman apparently after seeing her wearing a red T-shirt, sending her on Sunday to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

Doctors said she “miraculously” suffered only light injuries, even though the incident could easily have had a tragic end.

The national service volunteer was working in the cowshed of a kibbutz when a young bull suddenly attacked her with his horns. Dr. Yoram Klein, head of urgent surgery, said the horns hit her on the blunt side and caused only superficial trauma to her thigh and abdomen.

Young bulls can weigh up to 200 kg.

The woman, Yael Cohen, was assigned to the cowshed, which she wanted to clean.

While she was working, a large bull broke off from others and headed in her direction, reaching her at a fence. As it tried to gore her several times, she gave it a strong kick.

“It apparently thought I was playing a game or defending myself,” she recalled. “I didn’t think I would get out alive.”

People who heard her scream rushed in and removed her, taking her to Kaplan.

As doctors found she was not badly hurt, Yael said no one should approach a bunch of bulls. Fortunately, as they were not fully grown, their horns were not yet large and sharp.

Yael said she was ready to return to the cowshed, but her mother won’t allow it. “Don’t worry. There is still plenty to do for the kibbutz,” she concluded.