Israeli doctor led surgery to save terror victim via phone from the UK

Israeli doctor led surgery to save terror victim via phone from the UK

Leading cardiovascular surgeon Dr Ofer Merin tried to save stabbing victim Adiel Kolman after Saturday's terror attack

Dr Ofer Merin
Dr Ofer Merin

 Details have emerged of how a top Israeli surgeon fought to save a terror victim’s life via a phone line from the UK.

Dr Ofer Merin, a leading cardiovascular surgeon and head of trauma at Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, had been speaking to schoolboys and parents at Eton College just hours before Adiel Kolman was stabbed in a terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday.

Before returning to Israel he instructed 10 senior physicians down a phone line on how they could best treat Kolman, a father of four from the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar.

Dr Merin said: “I would like to praise the amazing efforts of more than ten senior physicians, from surgery, heart surgery, anaesthesia and intensive care who tried to save the life of this severely wounded, innocent person.”

“They worked continuously for more than five hours, until close to midnight. Tragically, after endless efforts Adiel Kolman died.” During a keynote address at Eton on Sunday morning, he discussed the lengths physicians go in treating terror victims, and the difficulties in subsequently informing family members of a death.

Kolman died of his wounds in hospital on Sunday.


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