19 severely injured victims of terror are arriving in London, in what will a huge boost for their rehabilitation.
Whilst in London they will be staying with host families and will be shown all around the main tourist areas of London, foreging long lasting relationships which they take back to Israel with them.
The week’s trip in London is comparable to five years of mental rehabilitation and makes a massive difference to their own physical rehabilitation.
Those included on this trip and whose names cannot be published for security reasons are:
O was injured in Nablus in 2007. He was in a combat unit and
was injured in action. He has shrapnel scars all over his body and
he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
E was a paratropper in a combat unit injured in the Lebanon
war in 2007. Hezbollah fired a rocket on a group of soldiers waiting
in Kfar Giladi to enter in to Lebanon. The whole group of 12
soldiers were killed, except E who is the only survivor. He
mainly suffers from survivors guilt and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A was injured in the Lebanon war in 2006 while he was on Miluim
duty. He was trying save soldiers who were stuck in a tank
that had been fired on. He suffers from gunshot wounds and
M was injured in Gaza in 2007. He was in the Givati brigade.
He now lives in Kiryat Gat and his right arm is paralysed completely.
He works for a building company.
B was injured when she was 14 in a bomb explosion in Meah
Shearim (Jerusalem). She spent over a year and a half in hospital
and today suffers from problems with her limbs, scars and shrapnel
wounds. As such she has a very low self esteem. She is also
depressed as her mother who has supported her since the attack
passed away a year ago. She does not work or study.
L was injured a year and a half ago in Beer Sheva when a
rocket fell. He and Adael were injured together. His injuries are
mainly in his legs and he finds it hard to walk long distances. He
has a lot of shrapnel wounds on his body. He has just finished
studying engineering at Beer Sheva University.
G was injured in Cast Lead in 2009. He was in the Golani
Brigade and entered a house that was surrounded by explosives
which blew up when the soldiers entered the house. He is injured
on his shoulder and arm. He in still undergoing treatment
for his injuries and had an operation at the end of October. He
also suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A was injured 10 years ago in the bombing of the Dolphinarium
Nightclub in Tel Aviv. She had a terrible head injury and so finds it
very hard to speak. She also has cognitive injuries because of the
attack. Her right arm is paralysed and she also has problems with her
right leg. Her mother, Irena has been her carer 24 hours a day since
the attack and will be coming with her to London.
Yochai was injured in 2001 in Gaza. He was part of a brigade of
soldiers who serve to protect the borders of Israel and was injured
when a grenade was thrown on him. He lost his leg in the
explosion. He is now studying in Beer Sheva University.
Ofir was injured in 2011 when a terrorist ran him over in Tel Aviv.
He has head, back and leg injuries and 3 of the bones in his
spine were broken. He can walk but is not allowed to lift anything.
A was injured a year and a half ago with Lior in Beer Sheva
when a rocket fell. She has serious leg injuries including burns
and scarring. She can walk short distances and a wheelchair will
be brought for her for the busy days.
H was injured in 2006 in the Lebanon war when a rocket hit a
group of Golani soldiers. He has shrapnel wounds on his arms but
also suffers from high blood pressure and Post Traumatic Stress
K was injured in the Lebanon was on the last day of the war in
the Saluki area where Israel lost the most soldiers in that area. He
has bullet injuries in his right leg. He can stand but finds in hard to
walk long distances.
A has been injured twice in combat. The first time was in
Lebanon in 2006 when he was shot. The second time was in Nablus
when he was shot again but this time his sight and hearing
have been impaired. He also has shrapnel wounds in his stomach
and head. Despite all of this he has returned to serve in the army
in a undercover role.
Eliran was a combat solider injured in Lebanon 2006. He was injured
by a large piece of shrapnel in his leg. He suffers from Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder.
T was injured in Lebanon in 2006. He was injured in his
legs and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As well
as this he suffers from depression since the attack.
A is 26 and was injured in Lebanon in 2006. He was hit by
Hezbollah on his foot and his right leg. He suffers from problems
in his nervous system.
Moshe was injured in Lebanon in 2006. He was with a group of
soldiers in a house when a rocket was fired on to them. He has
shrapnel wounds in his right arm and suffers mildly from Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Lior was injured when he was 15. He went out with friends to eat
when a suicide bomber exploded in the restaurant. He was with
his sister who died but he was badly injured. He suffers from
pain all over his body and shrapnel wounds. He suffers mildly
from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.