Gabby Elbaz-Greener, a new student at Hadassah’s School of Occupational Therapy on Mount Scopus, was on the bus one morning when a young man sat next to her, then kept looking at her. To her relief, he moved to the back, carrying his heavy briefcase with him. When the bus stopped, he hit the bomb switch.
The bus was torn apart. A hundred passengers were injured. Four died. One of Gabby’s femoral arteries and her carotid artery, which brings blood to the brain, were shredded. “I don’t want to die here without my family.” A medic saw she was still breathing.
She was stabilized at Hadassah Mount Scopus, then sped across town to Hadassah Ein Kerem where vascular surgeons struggled for eight hours to save her life. Hadassah’s doctors and nurses are there 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for patients like Gabby — because of donors like you.
Surprising, a month later, she was back at Mount Scopus, studying occupational therapy while undergoing physical, occupational and neurological therapy at Hadassah’s pioneering center. That is when she decided she wanted to be a physician.
Today, at 44, she is an interventional cardiologist at Hadassah Ein Kerem. “Every day I look at my patients and think how grateful I am to be able to give back where my own life was saved,” says Dr. Elbaz-Greener. “I can never thank Hadassah enough.”