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Hadassah Performs Rare Operation on Unborn Baby

Original article posted on hadassah.org here.

A woman arrived to Hadassah Hospital in labour; however, the medical team quickly discovered that the baby had a congenital disorder known as Stickler Syndrome; a hereditary condition that can cause facial and eye abnormalities, hearing loss, and joint problems, and required immediate surgery prior to being born.

The team of doctors, including an obstetrician, otolaryngologists, neonatologists, pulmonologists, cardiologist, and anthropologist, worked together as they performed a tracheostomy to save the infant’s life.

During the unique procedure, the doctors pulled out on the baby’s head and shoulders to unblock his air passages. During this time, the infant remained attached to the placenta. Only after the procedure was successfully completed did the doctors deliver the baby via C-Section. 

This rare operation saved the child’s life! Had it not been for the medical intervention the infant would not have been able to breathe on his own.

Today, only two weeks since the birth, the baby is doing well! 

The CHW Center for Clinical Training & Community Care at Hadassah Academic College

Ben* is a five-year-old child who was referred to the CHW Center for Clinical Training & Community Care for speech therapy at age three.

Ben is a very intelligent little boy. However, when he arrived to the CHW Center, he was unable to express himself. Very quickly, the speech pathologists were able to diagnose Ben with verbal Apraxia. Apraxia is a speech disorder that causes people, including many children like Ben, to have difficulty articulating themselves.

When Ben began treatment, he could only say two consonants correctly and spoke few, single-syllabled words.

For two years, Ben received speech therapy at the CHW Center. The treatment method that the speech and language pathologists together with the audiologists felt would be best for Ben was a structured and graded therapy approach which emphasized teaching Ben new sounds to say while increasing the complexity and length of the new words.

After 18 months he began to speak fluently. Today, Ben is in kindergarten and does not require any further intervention.

As a result of the CHW Center, Ben’s life has been remarkably changed. He learns alongside the other children his age, at the same rate, and with no disadvantage; his parents are so grateful to Hadassah Academic College and CHW for supporting them and their precious son on this journey.

*Name changed for confidentiality

WIZO- Ending the Cycle of Violence

Children see and learn from their parent’s behaviours and actions. When a child is exposed to living in an abusive home, even if the abuse is not directed at them but rather the woman, their mother, it leaves its mark on the entire family. 

WIZO, with the support of CHW and other WIZO Federations, is dedicated to helping women living with domestic violence and preventing violence in the home. Through operating two shelters for battered women, and their children, WIZO provides these women with the tools to be independent and live violence-free lives. 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Wome…

Children are the next generation in the cycle of violenceIn November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is marked around the world. Every year, WIZO turns a spotlight on another issue that requires attention in the field of domestic violence.This year, WIZO is raising the issue of caring for children who are witnesses to violence.Hundreds of thousands of women, children and men are trapped in the cycle of violence.The percentage of children treated is consistently low.WIZO is working to change these children from being 'transparent', to being present and heard.

Posted by World WIZO on Thursday, November 16, 2017

As it is evident, ending the cycle of violence is of grave importance. This year, WIZO campaigned not only to raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence against women, but also to highlight the immensely negative impact this has on the children who are witness to the violence. As WIZO states, “Children are the next generation in the cycle of violence.”

CHW is standing together with WIZO to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children daily throughout Israel.

CHW Nahalal Youth Village: Meet Karni

Karni is a 14-year-old student studying at CHW Nahalal Youth Village. One of Karni’s passions in life is horseback riding. In fact, since she was a little girl, Karni has been riding horses; for her, it is as natural as walking!

Recently, Karni took part in a national horseback riding competition in Israel. The winner of the competition not only received a place in the National Cup Finals, but also had the opportunity compete in an international competition.

Karni won the nationals and went on to represent Israel in the International Competition where she won first place!

CHW Nahalal is the perfect fit for Karni as it has horses on campus and every day, when Karni finishes school, she is the first to the stables riding horses.

Congratulations to Karni and CHW Nahalal!

A Hadassah Hospital Miracle

Story by: Barbara Sofer, Israel Director of Public Relations
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America
Here’s a new Hadassah miracle story.

35 year-old Leah-Sara Binyimini was living with her husband and three children in Beit Shemesh, a city near Jerusalem, where they also own a retail clothing shop. In the summer of 2014, she went to work as usual, but got the worst headache of her life, so bad that she collapsed and was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem, where a CT scan revealed that she had cerebral hemorrhage from two aneurysms.

Neurosurgeon and Department Head, Prof. Jose Cohen operated on her, and she made a remarkable recovery. But a few days after returning home, she lost consciousness. A third aneurysm was discovered. Even one aneurysm is life-threatening. Prof. Cohen fixed that one, too. Said Binyimini, “Prof. Cohen, who insists I call him Jose, made me feel confident. I felt as if God Above was guiding his hands.”

She confided in him that she’d always hoped to have another baby and supposed she would have to forgo it. “To my shock, Prof. Cohen told me to go ahead and get pregnant. I was in touch with him throughout the pregnancy.” And because Binyimini believes in miracles, and because her baby Shira has just turned one. “He saved my life twice and gave me the life of Shira,” said Binyamini. “We owe him and Hadassah so much. She’s brought so much light to our lives.”