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Saving Lives in The Debbie Eisenberg and Gary Levene Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Shamir Medical Centre Assaf Harofeh)

*Andre suffered excruciating pain as a toddler. He spent months at a time in the hospital, undergoing multiple extensive surgeries to treat a chronic intestinal disorder. When his family left the Former Soviet Union, his parents were deeply concerned about how they would manage in Israel.

Shortly after arriving, Andre’s condition deteriorated. He could barely eat and lost critical weight and vital nutrients. In the midst of COVID-19 lockdown, Andre developed a high fever and severe abdominal pains. Fearing the worst, his parents rushed to Shamir Medical Centre (Assaf Harofeh) where Andre was admitted to The Debbie Eisenberg and Gary Levene Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The medical specialists took extra precautions and treated Andre in the department’s isolation room. This reassured Andre’s parents. They felt their son was in the best of hands in the state-of-the-art facilities.

The dedicated pediatric team stood by Andre and his family throughout the hospitalization period. As Andre continues to recover, he is feeling better with each passing day. He’s regaining strength and even walking about- just in time for his 8th birthday!

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*some details were changed to protect the privacy of the family

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