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Armored Corps Lieutenant Amos, severely injured in Operation Protective Edge, had a very moving meeting with the Soroka staff who saved his life

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On July 19, 2014, the third day of the ground operation of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Lt. Amos (23) Operations Officer in Armored Brigade 401, was with his crew on the outskirts of Rafiach, tasked to locate tunnels. A missile hit his tank during the search and Amos was severely injured by shrapnel in his head, hand and eye.

Evacuated by helicopter to Soroka, he received initial treatment on the helicopter from Reserve Major Prof. Alexander Zlotnik who had been called up for reserve army duty, normally a senior anesthesiologist at Soroka. Prof. Zlotnik intubated Amos, inserting a breathing tube into his trachea to insure a free flow of air to his lungs, enabling oxygen supply to his brain. This was a crucial procedure at that moment.

The helicopter landed at Soroka. Amos was rushed to the Trauma Unit and then to the operating room in critical condition. He underwent surgery to reduce the intracranial pressure and was hospitalized in the Soroka Intensive Care Unit, sedated and mechanically ventilated. Subsequently he had more operations and was treated by orthopedists, ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons. Among others, he underwent a complicated procedure to remove shrapnel from his eye orbit and suturing of the cut, as well as surgical intervention for an open fracture in his hand. When he regained consciousness and was weaned from the respirator he was moved to the Orthopedics Department at Soroka. After about two weeks he was transferred for rehabilitation.

While he was in rehabilitation Amos said: “Now I’m in relatively good condition. When it improves and I complete the rehabilitation I will want to meet the doctors at Soroka who saved my life and gave me excellent care throughout, including when I was unconscious.”

On the eve of the Sukkot holiday Amos came with his parents and his sister to Soroka. In an extremely emotional encounter Amos met the various teams who treated him, following the same “route” he covered during those pivotal days when he was evacuated to Soroka, starting at the Trauma Unit, then on to the OR, the ICU and the hospital ward.

The staff could not conceal their emotions when they saw him in his current good condition and they were delighted by the visit. It is these instances that fortify them and give them the strength to continue providing the very best treatment possible.

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