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Saving Lives at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center PICU

Last week, 7 year old Aviner, began feeling very sick. He turned to his mom and dad complaining of severe pain throughout his body. His mom quickly discovered that Aviner had a high fever and swollen legs. Their family doctor examined Aviner and right away sent him to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center.

Upon arrival to Assaf Harofeh, Aviner’s condition quickly deteriorated. The medical team admitted Aviner into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). 

Dr. Ibrahim Abu Kashak, Head of the PICU, shared that it was evident that Aviner had some form of a severe infection. It was discovered that Aviner was suffering from a flesh eating bacteria that was attacking the tissues in the blood and causing him to have septic shock.

Aviner was rushed into surgery where the doctors fought to save his life. Aviner remained in the PICU, in a medically induced coma, breathing with the support of a respirator. After one week, Aviner opened his eyes and began to show signs of improvement.

The medical team shared that while Aviner has a long road of recovery ahead of him, he is a very lucky boy to have survived this.

Aviner’s father, Yanai, expressed his appreciation, “A great miracle happened to us… The medical staff at Assaf Harofeh made tremendous efforts to save our child and we are so very grateful to them. I would like to thank everyone who prayed and continues to pray for the speedy recovery of Aviner.”

CHW is proud to support the PICU at Assaf Harofeh!

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