Last Israeli wounded in Gaza war released from hospital

Gadi Yarkoni, the last Israeli wounded during Operation Protective Edge, was released from Soroka Medical Center (pictured) in Beersheba on Monday. Credit: PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project.

(JNS.org) Gadi Yarkoni, the last Israeli wounded during Operation Protective Edge, was released from Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba on Monday and will enter a rehabilitation program at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

The orthopedic and intensive care medical teams said an emotional goodbye to the 47-year-old father of three, who was severely wounded by mortar fire from Gaza into Kibbutz Nirim only an hour before the cease-fire took effect. Two long-time members of the kibbutz, Zevik Etzion, 55, and Shahar Melamed, 43, were killed in the attack that wounded Yarkoni.

Yarkoni underwent a series of surgeries and was amputated below the knee on both legs.

“We fought for Gadi’s life, and now, he is expected to have a challenging road ahead of him in rehabilitation. I told him that when he comes back to visit us at Soroka, I want him to be walking,” said Dr. Amir Korngreen, head of the orthopedic trauma unit at Soroka, according to Israel Hayom.

Posted on September 16, 2014 .