Dvir was nearly 13 years old when he stepped on a landmine, left by a terrorist at a farm where his class went to pick cherries.

Hadassah Medical Center Trauma Expert Prof. Avi Rivkind put his head down on his desk for a moment, a rare reaction from the famous surgeon. “Dvir will be our patient for the rest of his life,” he said.

Indeed, Dvir celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in a Hadassah Hospital bed, and has undergone more than 30 operations. Now, age 29, he remains a Hadassah patient, but he also has managed to serve in the Israel Defense Forces’ anti-terror unit, to marry Orly, and to welcome his two beautiful children into the world–at Hadassah Hospital, of course.

A believer in giving back, Dvir (whose name means “sanctuary”) works as a guide and coordinator at Hadassah’s Herzstein Heritage Center at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem. Recently, he spoke at Israel’s Knesset in the name of all of Israel’s terror survivors. “Our bodies were broken, but our spirit overcame, ” he said.

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