Sometimes a patient arrives at the hospital that impacts everyone, Elisha Meidan is that patient.
Elisha arrived at Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem critically injured following a horrendous explosion in Gaza that killed and wounded many other soldiers and was immediately transferred via IDF helicopter to Shaare Zedek.
Elisha’s injuries were extensive and sadly he had to have both legs amputated. During his time in our care he required multiple orthopaedic and plastic surgery procedures. However his sense of spirit and positivity never disappeared and after 53 days we are so pleased to share that has been discharged from our care to continue his journey of rehabilitation at The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer
When Elisha left Shaare Zedek he shared⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
”The combat doctor insisted that every one of the wounded should be evacuated immediately and that decision was the first huge miracle that would save my life. The next huge miracle was that I landed at this hospital. There is no way I would be this healthy, joyful and optimistic if not for all of you. This type of medical team is the dream of any critically injured patient. From the cleaners, to the paramedical staff, the nurses, doctors and hospital management. You are all an incredible team. Thank you for saving my life.”⠀⠀⠀
Dozens of Shaare Zedek staff gathered for Elisha’s emotional departure from the hospital saying, “We had the chance to meet a true combat hero. His resilience, both emotional and physical, truly inspired us and while we might have come to strengthen him, he always gave us the strength we needed. From the depths of our heart, we wish him and all the other wounded a continued speedy recovery and may it be as easy as possible.״
Shaare Zedek Director General Prof. Ofer Merin addressed Elisha saying, “Every one of us feels a part of your recovery. But the real credit goes to you. Your energy and tenacity are things we need to see as a medical team. So much of what we have witnessed in your recovery is due to that spirit, which combined with the remarkable dedication of our staff brought us to this day. Our prayer is that all the injured soldiers will leave here soon and return only to visit.”