Returning the Favor


Biker Injured in Accident Returns to Volunteer in the Department that Saved his Life


"Without the support I was lucky to receive I don’t know where I would be today."

Aviad, 27, was riding his motorbike home from college when he was hit by a car. He was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center where the doctors diagnosed severe head injuries. "Aviad arrived at the hospital with clear signs of significant neurological damage and the imaging tests showed bleeding in the brain and life-threatening severe internal skull pressure," says Dr. Tal Shachar, Senior Neurosurgeon and Director of the Oncological Neurosurgery Unit, who operated on Aviad. "For fear of irreversible brain damage, we decided to perform emergency surgery to allow monitoring of the intracranial pressure and appropriate treatment."

Two weeks after the operation, Aviad began to recover and – against all the odds – began rehabilitation. "We can say that about six months of memory was erased from my brain but the thing I remember most was the support I received from the professional staff and my own close circle. My injury led me to understand that I have a lot to give to society and particularly to those with head injuries. So I decided to return the favor – and to thank Shaare Zedek – by volunteering in the Neurosurgery Department. I speak to each of the patients, help them through it, and try and give the families a glimmer of hope, even when the patient cannot communicate. I tell them my story and restore some belief. This volunteering means I flashback again and again to the start of my own rehabilitation and to appreciate the fact that I am even standing on my own two feet. I am moved every time I see myself in these patients who are experiencing a similar experience to mine and that constantly forces me to remember where I've come from."