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Boston Marathon attack victims and suspects alike treated by Israeli doctors

By Yoni Hirsch/

Click photo to download. Caption: The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing last week. Credit: Aaron Tang/Wikimedia Commons.

Many of the injured in the Boston Marathon bombings last week
were rushed to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Several days later, on
Friday, the two suspected bombers, Tamerlan and Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, were admitted,
separately, to the hospital’s emergency room after sustaining wounds from their
shootout with the police. The older brother, Tamerlan, later succumbed to his

Jewish immigrants founded the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston in
1916. Eighty years later, it merged with the nearby Deaconess Hospital. Two of
its most senior staff members are Israelis, both of whom were actively involved
in the unfolding drama of the past several days.

Associate Professor Kevin (Ilan) Tabb has served as the
medical center’s president and chief executive officer since September 2011.
Tabb studied medicine at the Hebrew University, where he also got his bachelor’s
degree. According to the Beth Israel Deaconess website, the U.S.-born Tabb “emigrated
to Israel at the age of 18 and served in the Israel Defense Forces.” The site
notes that Tabb completed his residency in internal medicine at the Hadassah
Medical Center, and after 20 years in Israel, returned to the U.S.

Click photo to download. Caption: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston, where many of the injured in the Boston Marathon attack were treated, and where two Israelis are senior staff members. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“Unfortunately, the way events unfolded was very similar to
what we have become used to in Israel,” Tabb told Israel Hayom over the weekend. “It is difficult, but you check you
emotions at the door and treat any patient that arrives.”

Tabb praised the hospital’s medical team for doing “an
amazing job.” He noted that the suspected bombers were given the same level of
medical care as their victims.

“One of the [Tsarnaev] brothers died shortly after his
arrival; the other one arrived in serious condition and has since stabilized,”
Tabb said. “Whenever an injured party arrives at the emergency room, at the
trauma section, the doctors and the nurses do what they are trained to do, and
forget everything else.”

Associate Professor Daniel S. Talmor, who is the director of
trauma, anesthesia and critical care in the Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain
Medicine Department of at Beth Israel Deaconess, echoed Tabb’s comments.

“There was a feeling of deja vu,” Talmor told Israel Hayom. Talmor was born in
Jerusalem and studied medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
graduating in 1991. He arrived in Beth Israel Deaconess 12 years ago as part of
a fellowship and chose to stay in the U.S.

“I can remember how, when I worked at the Soroka Medical
Center [in Beersheba], we used to have injured soldiers lying next to
terrorists,” he said. “Luckily, [before the bombing] all the hospitals [in the
Boston area] had already been reinforced because of the marathon, but rather
than dealing with dehydration, they had to treat trauma patients. The past 36
hours were pretty frightening, with sirens howling all the time, and I could
even hear shots being fired near my house. I am pretty sure that people around
here are now going to understand Israel …read more

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