Israeli doctors were quick to diagnose, operate and save a young Jew from a life-threatening situation.

Hadassah Hospital doctors have saved the life of 22-year-old Kimberly Winkler, an industrial engineering student from Minnesota who suffered a massive brain aneurysm during her trip to Israel.

Winkler, a native of the Dominican Republic who was in Jerusalem for the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification ceremonies as part of the Birthright Program, was staying at a Jerusalem hotel when she began feeling unwell and was taken by ambulance to Hadassah Ein Kerem.

Following several brain operations, Winkler has been discharged and will return home to Santo Domingo.

Dr. Kim Rosenthal, director of the neurosurgery department’s intensive care unit and a senior neurosurgeon, recalled how “Kimberly suffered from an intractable, massive hemorrhage that definitely endangered her life. An exploding aneurysm is very rare at such a young age, but it is a life-threatening stroke.”

She explained that the treatment focuses on stopping the bleeding by cuffing, stent or bypass.

Prof. Jose Cohen, a senior surgeon in the neurosurgery department, inserted steel stents into her brain in order to stop the bleeding. This is a sensitive task, as damage to the brain tissue must be avoided.

“Her CT scans were so bad that everyone was surprised that she was still alive,” said Cohen.

Winkler underwent three operations in which blood was drained from her brain and coils inserted to close the aneurysm.  Winkler’s condition gradually improved and she returned to walking and then speaking.

“Every day, Hadassah’s brilliant team of doctors and nurses save lives around the world and around the corner. Hadassah Medical Center’s $30M state-of-the-art operating theaters offer world-class medical facilities for all Israelis and for visitors from around the world,” stated Ellen Hershkin, National President, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA).

Kimberly’s mother, Miriam Winkler, who flew in from Santa Domingo with the patient’s two sisters, said, “I was shocked when I saw Kimberly — I was not sure she was the same girl who played volleyball and danced jazz.  We can never thank Hadassah enough for giving us back our daughter. Faith and medicine are factors that work here in a perfect combination.”

By: United with Israel Staff

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