JERUSALEM MOM SAVED IN THE NICK OF TIME

21Jul09

The Jerusalem Netletter
By Barbara Sofer

Her husband was abroad when RS, a New York-born mother of five, got up at 6 AM on a Friday morning to start her getting ready for Shabbat. Suddenly, she was struck by thunderclap headache and collapsed. A potentially fatal aneurysm, a weakness in the wall of an artery, had struck without warning. Her teenage daughter called Magen 526ambu1David Adom ambulance service and RS was rushed to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem That was her good fortune, because it is the only medical center in Jerusalem that can make use of the newest methods of repairing an aneurysm. Time counts. On duty was Professor Jose Cohen, an Argentinean-born neurosurgeon and interventional neuroradiologist who has pioneered innovative endovascular technologies. Instead of trying to remove the weakened artery, the method used in most centers, Professor Cohen inserted a catheter into the femoral artery of RS’s leg and navigated it through the vascular system under x-ray guidance until he reached the aneurysm. He repaired the weakness with thin, platinum coils and halted the bleeding. We met a smiling RS in the Rehabilitation department of Mount Scopus, surrounded by friends and family. Although she still has a long way to go, she’s walking steadily along the road to recovery.

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