Docs Try Saving Boy's Hand After Rocket Hit

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Surgeons worked for three hours Monday to save 10-year-old Yossi Haimov arm and shoulder.

According to doctors at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, though blood vessels and nerves in his hand are intact, the boy would most likely be left with a serious disability in his hand. His shoulder will require several more reconstructive surgeries.

The 10-year-old Sderot resident was injured Monday by shrapnel from a Kassam rocket attack.

"We were on the way to see a friend," said his sister, Maria, "and suddenly the alarm started and we ran toward a building. We heard the whistle and then the explosion came. One of the fragments struck the wall and then hit Yossi in the shoulder. He didn't cry. I saw his bone jutting out, broken and I took him to the local grocery store nearby and asked them to call an ambulance," she said.

But when he saw his mother, Rima, Yossi's tears flowed.

"I was on my way back from work when they informed me he was injured," she said. "I spoke with him a little, but when he sees me he begins to cry. This is difficult for a child," she said adding that the situation in general in Sderot is difficult.

"I don't know how we can continue, how we can stay in the city," his mother said.

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Health Minister Yaacov Ben-Yizri visited Yossi, who though conscious, is heavily sedated because of the pain.

"The injuries to the child in Sderot is only one example of the fact that beyond the media spin of Hamas and the attempt to give an impression of civil and democratic protest, it is a terrorist organization that repeatedly targets innocents, including children," said a senior Israel official Tuesday.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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