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Syrian victims recieve care at Western Galilee Medical Center

Syrian victims recieve care at Western Galilee Medical Center

Although there has been little reported about it, Israel is playing a role in the conflict in Syria – treating those injured in the fighting. The youngest victim of Syrian violence to be transferred to Israel for treatment was moved directly to Western Galilee Medical Center (WGMC – formerly Western Galilee Hospital), Nahariya, with serious injuries to her face and limbs.

On Saturday, June 22, IDF medical teams moved the young girl into Israel for treatment, bringing her to WGMC’s shock room. Her condition has been defined as moderate to severe as she suffered various injuries.

Immediately upon arrival, the extent and nature of her internal injuries were assessed. Dr. Michael Weiss, director of trauma at the medical center, said, “The girl arrived with an open leg fracture and damage to blood vessels, which requires a complex surgery. In addition a penetration wound has caused damage to her eye area and cheek and there is damage to her left hand, as a result of shrapnel, requiring surgery and rehabilitation.”

Since the beginning of the fighting in Syria, WGMC has treated 20 casualties from Syria in the departments of neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial, ENT, surgery and orthopedics.

The Western Galilee Medical Center, located on the northern front of the State of Israel, is constantly preparing for emergency and conflict to provide the necessary complex care required by a variety of emergency situations such as war and mass casualty events. It serves both the civilian population of some 600,000 people of the region and the IDF forces who serve along the northern border.

The staff and administration provide quality care to all victims of violence, including those transferred by the IDF, fulfilling their strong desire to save lives regardless of the diplomatic tensions between Israel and Syria.

WGMC is part of the Western Galilee Partnership 2Gether region that is paired with the Midwest Consortium of Communities, including Louisville. A number of Louisville doctors and other medical personnel have received training in handling mass casualty events at WGMC, and several WGMC doctors have come to Louisville for specialized training.

Although there has been little reported about it, Israel is playing a role in the conflict in Syria – treating those injured in the fighting.
The youngest victim of Syrian violence to be transferred to Israel for treatment was moved directly to Western Galilee Medical Center (WGMC – formerly Western Galilee Hospital), Nahariya, with serious injuries to her face and limbs.

On Saturday, June 22, IDF medical teams moved the young girl into Israel for treatment, bringing her to WGMC’s shock room. Her condition has been defined as moderate to severe as she suffered various injuries.

Immediately upon arrival, the extent and nature of her internal injuries were assessed. Dr. Michael Weiss, director of trauma at the medical center, said, “The girl arrived with an open leg fracture and damage to blood vessels, which requires a complex surgery. In addition a penetration wound has caused damage to her eye area and cheek and there is damage to her left hand, as a result of shrapnel, requiring surgery and rehabilitation.”

Since the beginning of the fighting in Syria, WGMC has treated 20 casualties from Syria in the departments of neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial, ENT, surgery and orthopedics.

The Western Galilee Medical Center, located on the northern front of the State of Israel, is constantly preparing for emergency and conflict to provide the necessary complex care required by a variety of emergency situations such as war and mass casualty events. It serves both the civilian population of some 600,000 people of the region and the IDF forces who serve along the northern border.

The staff and administration provide quality care to all victims of violence, including those transferred by the IDF, fulfilling their strong desire to save lives regardless of the diplomatic tensions between Israel and Syria.

WGMC is part of the Western Galilee Partnership 2Gether region that is paired with the Midwest Consortium of Communities, including Louisville. A number of Louisville doctors and other medical personnel have received training in handling mass casualty events at WGMC, and several WGMC doctors have come to Louisville for specialized training.

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