WORLD NEWS: ‘Some of them didn’t see daylight’: Top doctor says freed hostages ‘went through hell’
Sheba Medical Center’s Prof. Itai Pessach speaks of moment hostages realize who is not in the room to welcome them, says many didn’t realize the scale of the Oct. 7 onslaught.
A top Israeli doctor treating hostages freed from the Gaza Strip over the past week spoke with Channel 12 on Friday about his team’s experience treating the abductees, who he said “went through hell.”
Pessach said that his department at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan has been taking care of 29 of the 105 civilians released from Gaza in a Qatar-led temporary truce with the terror group. The 29 freed hostages range in age from three to 84, including 12 children.
“This has been the most harrowing week of my life, certainly my professional life,” sais Prof. Itai Pessach, Director of Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center.
The professor said that the hostages arrived at the hospital in varying physical conditions.
“They were exhausted and depleted. Strong in spirit, but weak in body. Some had injuries from their abduction that they suffered with through their captivity,” he said.
Pessach said that psychological and emotional treatment was top priority. The Health Ministry and Welfare Ministry began preparing medical and mental health protocols for treating the released hostages as early as October 7.