Doctors: Paratrooper's Recovery Miraculous

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CBNNews.com - PETAH TIKVA, Israel - Three weeks after Second Lt. Aharon Karov was airlifted to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in critical condition, after being wounded in Operation Cast Lead, he was discharged from the hospital.

His astounding recovery is nothing less than a miracle.

The morning after his wedding, Karov, 22, left his 19-year-old bride, Tzvia, after the IDF ordered him to cut his leave short and report for duty in the Gaza operation.

When the critically injured officer was rushed from the battlefield to Beilinson hospital, doctors initially gave him hours to live.

"When he was brought in, everyone was pessimistic and thought his hours were numbered," Trauma Unit chief Professor Pierre Zinger said.

"The injuries were very bad, but in the end there was no injury to the brain," he said.

"Things were extremely bad," neurosurgeon Dr. Steve Jackson, himself a major in the Golani Brigade, recalled.

"I told the family he suffered serious head trauma. They all cried, his wife too, and I told her, 'God willing, I'll yet circumcise your son,' and then she smiled," he said.

Most of the medical staff was on hand to wish Karov well as he bid them goodbye with a salute to Dr. Jackson and the others who helped save his life.

Karov will continue his rehabilitation at Shiba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer, along with Golani infantry soldier Corporal Ben Shpitzer, who was also seriously wounded in the Gaza operation.

The two soldiers were in the same ward at Beilinson and plan to room together at Tel Hashomer.

Source: YNet news

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