While on a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, Patrick Griffin from Nebraska became ill with a gastroenterology problem. When it was ultimately determined he needed surgery, Mr. Griffin’s sister connected him to an air ambulance company in Tel Aviv which, in turn, referred him to the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. David Linton, Director of Intensive Care Medicine and a pilot.
After learning about the case on the telephone, Prof. Linton, along with the medical backup of General Surgeon Miklosh Bala, flew to Egypt on Friday night, where Mr. Griffin had been hospitalized. They were back at Hadassah before Saturday morning. Dr. Bala operated on Saturday morning, and by Saturday night, Mr. Griffin was in his room in the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, resting comfortably.