Laniado Hospital has been actively providing care and treatment to casualties and victims of terror following the heinous attack carried out by the terrorist organization Hamas on Shabbat, 7 October. Over 50 individuals with a range of injuries, from minor wounds to those requiring urgent surgeries, have been admitted. Many of these patients needed surgery to remove bullets after being shot by Hamas terrorists.
Among those receiving treatment is an IDF soldier who was injured by gunfire during the battle in Urim, a kibbutz located in the Negev area near the Gaza border. Additionally, a young girl who was injured in the tragic massacre at the outdoor music festival in Kibbutz Re'im is under our care. She endured a horrifying six-hour ordeal hiding in a dustbin, along with her injured boyfriend who tragically passed away in her arms during their prolonged concealment. She was one of a few survivors of the massacre at the music festival in Kibbutz Re'im, where more than 260 young people were gunned down.
The accounts shared by the injured and their families have been deeply distressing and shocking for our hospital staff.
The majority of our team members have been affected in one way or another by this tragedy. Lt. Col Yonathan Tzur, the husband of Mrs. Rashit Tzur, a physiotherapist at the hospital, and brother of Tzurya Menashevski, a midwife in the delivery room, lost his life while bravely fighting the terrorists near Gaza. Ofir Zioni, the son of a CT radiologist, also made the ultimate sacrifice while on duty. Many of our staff have children who have been called up in preparation for what is likely to follow and we are bracing ourselves for a potential escalation of a significant influx of patients from the southern region.
Additionally, we are preparing for potential issue from the northern region, Judea, and Samaria. To bolster our security efforts and support our dedicated staff, an IDF reserve unit has been deployed to the hospital.
We are appealing to you for support in acquiring life-saving medical equipment.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of these unspeakable atrocities and their grieving families.