Dr. Firas Darawsha, a valued thoracic surgeon at Sheba, shifted to trauma care during the conflict and highlighted resilience, compassion, and global outreach of Sheba.

One of the most valuable members of Sheba’s diverse staff is thoracic surgeon Dr. Firas Darawsha. Originating from Iksal Village in Northern Israel, he has deep roots in the medical field as his father and wife are both medical professionals. He has been on staff for two and half years and has cared for patients spanning from infants to seniors. 

A Surgeon’s Perspective During Conflict

However, following October 7th, everything changed. He began working in trauma surgery on soldiers and civilians involved in the conflict with Gaza, which consisted of lung injuries, bleeding in the chest, rib fractures and infections. He stated in an interview, “We are not used to these kinds of injuries, but we treated them well.” 

Since the start of the war, he has noted an increase in anxiety and stress experienced by colleagues, particularly those with family members in the military. That increase contrasts sharply with the rewarding daily task of saving lives.

Dr. Darawasha expressed,  “I think it spurred me to work even harder, to save more lives, to help more. I am doing my best to do that and I’m very happy that we are doing good work here.”

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Sheba’s Dedication Spreading Hope

During these challenging times, he has taken immense pride in Sheba’s dedication to extending their care beyond borders to people around the world, including in the West Bank and Gaza. One notable case he mentioned was conducting a groundbreaking lung resection surgery on a premature baby born at 24 weeks, weighing only 1.4 kilograms. Despite the complexities involved, the infant successfully recovered under the care of Sheba’s pediatric ICU team and was discharged to return home to Gaza.

“I hope and believe that when this ends, we will be able to continue providing this care to everyone that needs our help from all over the world. We are doctors but first we are humans and this situation has caused us great sadness. It has caused us to think about where we live and how we need to treat each other.”

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