Police Chief Encourages Amputee

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CBNNews.com - Southern District Police Chief Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev paid a very special visit to eight-year-old Osher Twito at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

Osher is recovering from a Kassam rocket attack in his hometown of Sderot, which left him an amputee, and also injured his 19-year-old brother, Rami, though less severely.

Bar-Lev understands all too well what it means to lose a leg. As a 20-year-old Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier, he suffered the same loss as a combat soldier in Lebanon.

"Having lost a leg, I know what he's going through," the police chief said, adding that it's a greater struggle for a child.

"I'm in touch with the family, and we're going to continue providing round-the-clock support," Bar-Lev told Jerusalem Post correspondent Yaakov Lappin.

"We know Osher loves the Liverpool soccer club, and we're planning on flying him to England so he can watch a match," he said.

In the first few days after the rocket attack, doctors weren't sure they would be able to save Osher's remaining right leg, but they succeeded, though it's not fully stabilized yet.

"You will walk again and when you get out of the hospital, we'll play soccer together," Bar-Lev told his young friend.

It was the police chief's second visit to the hospital.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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