Monday, May 01, 2006

American bomb victim - still critical

Haaretz: Schoolmates from the Florida Jewish school where 16-year-old Daniel Wultz is a student gathered yesterday at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center to recite prayers for his speedy recovery. Wultz was injured two weeks ago in the Tel Aviv bombing. His father, Yekutiel (Tuly), who sustained light wounds in the incident, also participated in the service, and spoke about the attack in his first public appearance since the April 17 bombing......On Tuesday of last week, Daniel regained consciousness for the first time since the attack. Daniel is still on a respirator, and although he cannot speak, he is able to communicate with those around him. According to Professor Gabi Barabash, director of Sourasky, Daniel was one of the first casualties to reach the hospital after the explosion. His first operation lasted 12 hours; another four have since been performed. Since his admission some two weeks ago, Daniel has lost a kidney, his spleen and part of his right leg below the knee. In his first operation, Daniel lost nearly 100 blood units, and since he was admitted, the medical staff has replaced his total volume of his blood three times. He is still "fighting for his life," say hospital officials. "His situation is still critical," Dr. Dror Sofer, chairman of the center's trauma department said yesterday. "This was a very complex injury in many parts of his body, and it will take a long time to know how and if he's going to make it."
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