Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tragic irony

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Our tour of Shaare Zedek Medical Center ended on a sad note when our guide showed us this photo at the entrance.
Dr. David Applebaum was director of the hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine.
On the night before his daughter Naava's wedding, father and daughter went out for coffee together in Jerusalem's Cafe Hillel for a heart-to-heart talk.
A suicide bomber entered and blew them up.
Five others were killed and 50 wounded.
That was in 2002, in the awful days of the Second Intifada.

Read about the great contributions Dr. Applebaum made in the twenty years after his aliyah from the USA, including these:

He founded the Terem Immediate Care Center, which revolutionized emergency care in Jerusalem by treating relatively minor injuries and ailments in a freestanding clinic, freeing up hospital emergency rooms to deal with more serious cases.
In 1986, Dr. Applebaum was presented with an award by the Knesset after treating terror victims at the scene of an attack on King George Street in Jerusalem while still under fire.
In 2002, Dr. Applebaum was appointed head of Shaare Zedek Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine and was viewed in Israel's medical community as one of the country's leaders in the field.
He introduced a number of groundbreaking changes to improve efficiency, and had extensive plans to continue this process following the completion of the new Weinstock Department of Emergency Medicine, which is now under construction.
He began to staff the department with emergency medicine specialists, rather than relying on specialists in the various departments of the hospital. He also introduced the computer tracking of patients, and was insistent on cutting waiting time to an absolute minimum.
When he was out of the hospital, he continued to monitor the treatment of each patient via a computer connection, even when he was abroad.

And here is another  article about him in the New York Times emphasizing the tragic irony, entitled "A Healer of Terror Victims Becomes One."
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(Linking M for murder to ABC Wednesday.)

8 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Every day I pray for peace in the world. May God give wisdom to the leaders of the world. Sunday we had Israel Sunday. There will never be peace as long as people are full of hatred and planning revenge.
It is so tragic that such excellent and generous people like
Dr.Applebaum are killed.
Lots and lots of courage, Dina!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Hels said...

Murdering doctors is doubly shocking. The terrorists murdered Dr Applebaum himself, then they presumably cut short the lives of all the patients he may have saved.

William Kendall said...

An awful loss. How many lives might he have saved and helped if things had gone differently.

Roger Owen Green said...

our second murder this round.

it's all madness!


ROG, ABCW

VP said...

What a sad end: dark shadows from what seems another era...

Birdman said...

When will the killing end? Peace.

Spiderdama said...

Ah, how sad!

Indrani said...

Oh! How wicked can people be!
Really sad to know this.