In the summer of 2014, Leah-Sara Binyimini, age 35, went to work as usual in the retail clothing shop she owned with her husband. Suddenly, she experienced the worst headache of her life–so bad that she collapsed and was rushed to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.

A CAT Scan revealed that she had a cerebral hemorrhage caused by two aneurysms. Hadassah’s head of Endovascular Neurosurgery, Prof. José Cohen, operated on her, and she made a remarkable recovery. But a few days after returning home, Leah-Sara lost consciousness. A third aneurysm was discovered.

Even one aneurysm is life-threatening, but, fortunately, Prof. Cohen was able to deal with that one as well. “Prof. Cohen, who insists I call him José, made me feel confident,” relates Leah-Sara. “I felt as if God above was guiding his hands.”

Mother of three children, Leah-Sara confided in Prof. Cohen that she’d always hoped to have another baby and supposed she would have to forgo it. “To my shock, Prof. Cohen told me to go ahead and get pregnant,” she recalls. “I was in touch with him throughout the pregnancy.”

Fast forward and Baby Shira has just turned one. Leah-Sara celebrated by returning to Hadassah to express her appreciation. “He saved my life twice and gave me new life with Shira,” comments Leah-Sara. “We owe him and Hadassah so much.”  How could we celebrate a birthday without coming to say thanks? We plan to return every year at Hanukkah to update him on our miracle baby. She’s brought so much light to our lives.”

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