01/09/2014 – Dimona woman delivers triplets after undergoing angioplasty for heart attack

Jerusalem Post

Dimona woman delivers triplets after undergoing angioplasty for heart attack

01/09/2014 18:18

Drama took place recently at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center; woman suffered heart attack at 30th week of pregnancy.

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Zinav Alpiomi in hospital with baby. Photo: Courtest Kaplan Medical Center
A 31-year-old Dimona woman who had tried to become pregnant for 12 years through in-vitro fertilization suffered a heart attack during her 30th week of pregnancy – and delivered healthy triplets soon after undergoing angioplasty of her coronary arteries.

The drama took place at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center, which reported the event on Thursday. Two of the baby girls were born at 1.6 kilos, and a third at 1.3 kilos.

The parents named one of the babies Zohara to honor a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit who devotedly takes care of them.

The mother, Zinav Alpiomi, was rushed to Kaplan last week after suffering an acute heart attack. She underwent examination in the heart institute, headed by Prof. Kobi George, and went for catheterization and the clearing of her clogged coronary artery. Afterward, she was transferred to the surgical department to undergo delivery by cesarean section on January 1.

Alpiomi, a special education teacher, and her husband Ahmed were overjoyed when, after so many pregnancy attempts, she got pregnant via IVF. They decided to keep all three fetuses out of fear that she would have a spontaneous abortion. Suddenly she felt labor pains, as well as strong chest pains that signaled she was having a heart attack, despite her young age. The doctors knew that to remain viable in her womb, she would need an angioplasty to increase the blood supply to her heart and stabilize heart function.

Eight days after giving birth, she saw her daughters for the first time and burst into tears.

Ahmed said that during their 12 years of infertility, he had given up, but his wife had insisted on undergoing IVF again despite the risks.

“We were so close to losing her and the babies, but today we thank God and the Kaplan medical staff,” the joyful husband said.

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03.07.2014 – Ukrainians wounded in Kiev arrive in Israel

The Times of Israel

Israel & the Region


Ukrainians wounded in Kiev arrive in Israel

Condition of 9 victims of gunfire is said to be serious as they are transferred to Kaplan and Hadassah hospitals

BY YOEL GOLDMAN March 7, 2014, 7:42 pm

Nine Ukrainians injured by gunfire during fighting in Kiev were flown to Israel Friday afternoon to receive crucial medical treatment.

The wounded, who are said to be in serious condition, were taken to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot and to Hadassah’s Ein Kerem Hospital.

The head of the World Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry, Alexander Levin, said that Kiev’s central synagogue functioned as an emergency triage center late into Thursday night, while efforts to transfer the wounded were being coordinated by Kiev’s Jewish community, according to Israel Radio.

Ukraine’s Jews have found themselves in a tense predicament since the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych late last month. But the community, which numbers over 100,000, has been largely supportive of Ukrainian nationalists against a subsequent military invasion of Crimea by Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has attempted to cast Ukrainian nationalists as anti-Semites and neo-Nazis, in what has been described by many Ukrainian Jews as a disinformation campaign meant to turn world opinion against the country’s fledgling government.

‘Death to Jews’ is scrawled on the Ner Tamid synagogue in Simferopol, in Ukraine’s Crimean Republic, last week (courtesy)

An attack on a synagogue last week in Crimea has been used by Russia to back up its assertions, but Jewish leaders in Ukraine maintain that anti-Semitism is not on the rise.

In a highly critical open letter to Putin published earlier this week, 21 community leaders excoriated Putin’s perceived hypocrisy and asserted their support of Ukrainian sovereignty “in the name of national minorities and Ukraine’s Jewish community.”

“Your certainty about the growth of anti-Semitism in Ukraine, which you expressed at your press conference, also does not correspond to the actual facts,” wrote the group. “Perhaps you got Ukraine confused with Russia, where Jewish organizations have noticed growth in anti-Semitic tendencies last year.”

Calling for Putin to cease his intervention in Ukraine and his encouragement for pro-Russian separatism within the country, the group stated that it does not wish “to be ‘defended’ by sundering Ukraine and annexing its territory.”

Instead, the authors wrote, “we are quite capable of protecting our rights in a constructive dialogue and in cooperation with the government and civil society of a sovereign, democratic, and united Ukraine.”

03.07.2014 – Wounded Ukrainian protesters airlifted to Israel for medical treatment



Wounded Ukrainian protesters airlifted to Israel for medical treatment

By Ben SalesTalia Lavin and Cnaan Liphshiz

March 7, 2014 12:25pm

A wounded individual is transported to a waiting plane, where he will be flown to Israel to receive medical care. (Shimon Briman)

TEL AVIV (JTA) – For 17-year-old Bolodimir Bedyuk, a Ukrainian who was severely wounded in clashes with Ukrainian police on Feb. 18, Israeli medical care may be his only hope.

After a pitched battle with Ukrainian police forces on Institutskaya Street in Kiev, Bedyuk suffered chest wounds and extensive liver damage — his brother Aleksei said Bolodimir’s liver “was torn practically in half.” In that confrontation, Ukrainian police forces advanced with automatic weapons on protesters, leaving dozens dead.

While Kiev and its environs have been relatively peaceful since the chaos of Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, hundreds are still suffering from wounds incurred during clashes with riot police operating on behalf of the country’s then president, Victor Yanukovych.

But thanks to the effort of volunteers in both Kiev and Israel, Bolodimir and six other severely wounded patients were airlifted to Israel March 7, where they are scheduled to receive treatment at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot as well as at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Many of the wounded already have undergone multiple surgeries locally. But care in Ukrainian hospitals is deeply lacking, said Tzvi Arieli, a coordinator of the treatment effort who has lived in both Ukraine and Israel.

“When you go into a public hospital in Ukraine, you don’t know if you will leave dead,” Arieli told JTA.

The initiative stemmed from the desire of Ukrainian Jews to help their countrymen using the advanced medical capacities of Israeli hospitals, Arieli wrote in an open letter to supporters.

“We are a group of Jews from Ukraine,” Arieli wrote. “What binds us together is our Jewish identity and our deep desire to do something to alleviate the suffering of those who have been injured during recent events.”

“We love our fellow Ukrainians,” he continued, “and we are proud of the Jewish state, Israel, whose first-class medical treatment will give our countrymen the best chance at resuming a normal life.”

The project faced initial obstacles in terms of both hospital access within Israel and funding. Dr. Valeriya Babchik, a physician at Kaplan, helped to organize the project, along with Arieli and Marina Lysak, a Kiev resident.

Alexander Levin, an American Jewish businessman with extensive ties to Ukraine, donated $50,000 to the initiative, which covered the initial costs of transporting the first group. But Arieli and others estimate the cost of transportation and medical care for 20-30 severely wounded individuals to reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not higher.

For now, those involved in the project are feeling thrilled.

“Our plane has taken off!” wrote one Kiev volunteer, exuberantly, on her Facebook page. “All the sleepless nights are worth it.”

For project volunteers in Israel, however, the work is just beginning.

According to Anna Zharova, who is coordinating volunteer help in Israel, volunteers have helped arrange ambulances for the arriving wounded. A request for translation of medical documents from Russian or Ukrainian into Hebrew or English went viral, arranged through a Gmail account.

More than 100 volunteers have been recruited through a Facebook group, “Israel Help Maidan Wounded.”

“Every injured person will have a volunteer to get everything he needs: food, a place to stay for his family that’s coming with him,” Zharova said. “My vision is that there won’t be politics here. There are different sides and opinions, but we’re careful to come from a place of assistance. It’s a matter of life and death. Over there, they’re volunteering 24 hours a day.”

Zharova and others interviewed expressed frustration that government sources have been largely unresponsive to the group’s efforts. Hennadii Nadolenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel, pledged support but has not fulfilled initial promises, Zharova said.

“This was all through private hands. There’s no time to waste. People are dying from simple things because there are no medical supplies, no medicine, nothing,” she told JTA.

The Israeli government has been largely silent on the issue, despite the large population of Jews from Ukraine living in Israel.

“We want to reach the government. There’s no shortage of Ukrainians here with family or friends there, and it’s important to them. This isn’t coming from a political standpoint. It’s humanitarian, to help people,” Zharova said. “It’s important for us to connect to Hebrew speakers. We want Israelis to know about this initiative, anyone who can help, because that’s our way of doing tikkun olam.”

(Reported by Ben Sales  from Tel Aviv, Talia Lavin from New York and Cnaan Liphshiz from Amsterdam)

05.01.2013 – Two are nearly blinded by Lag Ba’omer air-rifle hijinks


Niv Nir, a 13-year-old girl from Gan Yavne, and Omer Sabag, a 23-year-old man from Ashdod hurt in identical incidents.

OMER SABAG (left) and Niv Nir (right), who suffered similar eye injuries this week
OMER SABAG (left) and Niv Nir (right), who suffered similar eye injuries this week Photo: Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center

A teenage girl and a young man almost lost their sight earlier this week in two identical incidents involving BB-guns (air rifles) during Lag Ba’omer campfires.

Ophthalmologists at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center urged parents to keep such weapons out of their children’s hands, as they can cause irreversible damage to the eyes.

Niv Nir, a 13-year-old girl from Gan Yavne, and Omer Sabag, a 23-year-old man from Ashdod who formerly served in an IDF engineering unit, were hospitalized on Sunday in adjacent rooms.

Prof. Ayala Pollack, who heads Kaplan’s eye department, said there was a shocking similarity between the two incidents. Air rifle projectiles caused significant damage to both patients’ eyeballs and nearly blinded them. Both may need surgery in the coming days.

Sabag was due to start his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He left his home on Sunday night to celebrate Lag Ba’omer with a friend.

“I was talking to the friend on my cellphone when a child fired a BB-gun toward his friend behind me, but the projectile hit me in the eye,” he recounted. “The boy was very frightened and ran to me. I calmed him and rushed to Kaplan’s emergency room.”

Nir, a junior high school student, was with a school friend when she saw boys playing with a BB-gun.

“I thought they didn’t have any bullets in them or anything that could endanger us,” she said. “But then suddenly, I saw the gun was aimed at me, and a pellet smashed through my glasses. I started to shriek from pain.”

Her frantic friends called home, and her parents rushed her to Kaplan’s emergency room as well.

She said she had recently seen schoolmates playing with air guns, but had never dreamed that she would be hurt by one of them.

Dr. Amir Hadyar, a Kaplan ophthalmologist, said both had been seriously hurt in the left eye. In Nir’s case, her plastic eyeglasses had shattered, and the pieces caused a significant laceration of her cornea and invasive damage to her eye.

“We inserted a contact lens into her eye to bring the edges of the cut together,” Hadyar said. “We hope it will succeed.

She may have to have surgery in the near future.”

As for Sabag, the force of the pellet caused trauma and massive bleeding to the inside of the eye, and he couldn’t see.

The young man is getting medication aimed at absorbing the hemorrhage. After that, the doctors will assess whether surgery is necessary.

The Kaplan doctors called on the public, parents and educators, as well as law enforcement authorities, to curtail the use of BB-guns.

“They seem innocent, but the results can be very dangerous.

They are not games and not safe,” the doctors said.

04.08.2013 – Chance encounter reunites Moldovans


Elderly patient and volunteer at Kaplan Medical Center realize on Remembrance Day they grew up in the same part of Moldova.

Hospital bed
Hospital bed Photo: Wikicommons

A 101-year-old patient at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot and a 92-year-old volunteer in the orthopedics department who met on Sunday, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, realized that they both grew up in the same place in Moldova before the Holocaust.

Lisa Lingo, an outstanding volunteer at the hospital, has been giving emotional support to patients for the past 27 years.

She was assisting Sarah Vingizack – an engineer in her younger days – cope with temporary disability after falling, fracturing her hip and undergoing joint replacement surgery.

While conversing about their past they were moved to find out that they both were raised close by in the same part of Moldova. When the Nazis captured the area, both fled to survive.

The two elderly women agreed that the secret of life after they survived the Holocaust was “work and correct breathing.”

Vingizack said she went to live in the Ukraine as an adult and worked as an engineer at the Odessa Technical College.

When the Germans invaded, she fled with her son Gennady to Uzbekistan, and both escaped their clutches. She returned to Moldova after the war and came on aliya in 1994.

Following her successful surgery, she will undergo rehabilitation at Kaplan.

Lingo was born and raised in Kishinev. When the Nazis arrived, they set up a labor camp where she was taken at the age of 17.

“I survived the camp by dragging stones for building the railway, having to do very hard physical work and while surrounded by infectious illness.

“God wanted me to get out of there alive, and after I settled in Israel, I started to work in Kaplan and remained an orthopedics department volunteer for another 27 years,” Lingo said.

The hospital staff were moved by the encounter in which the two survivors hugged like sisters.

04.05.2013 – Passing pediatrician delivers baby outside entrance


Doctor on the way to lecture delivers baby of woman found in labor in Rehovot hospital public bathroom.

NEW MOTHER Rotem Bar (left) and Dr. Hanni Olivestone pose with the newborn at Kaplan Medical Center
NEW MOTHER Rotem Bar (left) and Dr. Hanni Olivestone pose with the newborn at Kaplan Medical Center Photo: Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center

A pediatrician passing by the public women’s bathroom near the main entrance to Kaplan Medical Center this week heard a woman moaning, found that she was in the last stage of labor, and delivered the baby while taking her to the emergency ward in a wheelchair.The unusual event happened when Dr. Hanni Olivestone, who treats sick and injured children in her department, was on the way to deliver a lecture to medical students on pediatric medical examinations. The new mother, Rotem Bar, was only in her 37th week of pregnancy when she visited the Rehovot hospital. When she went to the bathroom, she suddenly felt she was about to give birth.
“I felt strong contractions, and I started to shout. When the doctor heard me, she immediately came to help,” Bar said. “I felt I was in good hands.”Olivestone recalled, “I ran into the bathroom and immediately knew the woman was in advanced labor. I put her in a wheelchair to take her to the delivery room, but at the entrance to the elevator, the baby’s head started to come out. I delivered the baby while moving, and when we reached the emergency room, a midwife named Avivit and I completed the procedure.”The result was a healthy baby boy weighing 3 kilos.

“Even though I am an expert in treating children, this was the first baby I delivered, and there is no doubt that the experience was very moving for me,” added the doctor, who was invited to the brit mila as a guest of honor.

03.07.2013 – Female staffers mark Int’l Women’s Day at Kaplan


All staffers from physicians and nurses to paramedical workers are women at Rehovot hospital’s emergency department.

ZOHAR KATUA smiles between female medical staffers at the Rehovot hospital yesterday.
ZOHAR KATUA smiles between female medical staffers at the Rehovot hospital yesterday.
Photo: Kaplan Medical Center

Although women’s representation in medical schools has reached 50 percent, hospital staff is still mostly men. But at Kaplan Medical Center’s emergency department in Rehovot, all the staffers from physicians and nurses to paramedical workers, nursing students and medical clowns were female on Wednesday.The unusual scene was held to honor International Women’s Day, which will be marked on Friday.

The emergency room patients were surprised in the morning to see only women in white. The aim was to illustrate the empowerment of women in the medical field. Throughout the morning, patients of both sexes were presented with pink flowers, and staff members wore on their shirts not only a name tag but also their position, medical specialty, family status, how many children they have and their hobbies to make them seem less anonymous.Dr. Yael Dina’i, head of the emergency room, said the idea resulted from the process of women’s empowerment in healthcare. The patients, she added, learned of information on the team’s lives that usually are hidden. Dina’i stated on her name tag that she likes to hike, while the department’s nursing director Dvora Luzon said she works out regularly.

Patient Zohar Katua, a resident of Ness Ziona, saw the unusual sights and smiled at the doctor and nurse who examined him. “One can’t manage without women,” he said.


03.05.2013 – Baptist pledges life insurance pay to Kaplan Hospital


Volunteer pledges that upon his passing, his life insurance money would be used to purchase advanced medical equipment for the hospital.

CLAUDE JEWETT poses with a nurse, patients
CLAUDE JEWETT poses with a nurse, patients Photo: (Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center)

A 66-year-old Protestant from Midland, Texas, who is voluntarily renovating the pediatric pavilion at Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center, surprised management on Monday with yet another gift.
Claude Jewett pledged that upon his passing, his life insurance money would be used to purchase advanced medical equipment for the hospital.

Jewett, a father of seven who recently retired from years as a US Air Force mechanic, is in the country for three weeks as part of the Friends of Israel organization together with 30 other Christian volunteers from the United States and Australia.

The Baptist, who raises money for Israel among members of his Bellevue Baptist Church, is now on his second visit to the country to work at the hospital and meet the children in the pediatrics ward. Jewett said all his children were pleased with his decision to donate posthumously to the hospital.

Prof. Etti Granot, head of Kaplan’s pediatrics division, said Jewett’s was a noble act, and he wished him good health and a long life.

Hospital director Prof. Ya’acov Yahav said the Christians’ voluntary work at the hospital warmed the heart of his medical team.

“There is no doubt that you serve as a personal example for the staffers and the patients at the hospital,” he said.