With half of the 27 returned hostages still at Sheba’s Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, Dr. Yoel Har-Even provides insight into their condition and the unique treatment plan Sheba is offering them.
In recent weeks, a question has been collectively weighing on everyone’s mind, “How are the returned hostages?” In a recent interview on the Canadian news outlet CBCNN Live, Yoel Har-Even, the Head of Sheba Global, elaborated on their current condition and the complex treatment they’re undergoing.
At the moment, half of the 27 hostages are being cared for at Sheba’s Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, as it is an isolated and secured area that cannot be easily accessed. Furthermore, it is equipped with all the facilities necessary for both children and adults.
During the interview, Yoel stated that the female hostages are in relatively good condition, but they did lose about 15% of their body mass. Beyond their physical health, a big part of their treatment is restoring their self esteem. The unit has hairdressers, pedicurists and fashion designers on staff to reinstate within them a sense of beauty.
While the children did suffer from weight loss, they were most severely affected mentally. Many of the children are still whispering, avoiding eye contact, and trying to shield their bodies from being touched. Having no desire to further isolate them after such a horrible experience, they are being treated alongside their families.
We are wholeheartedly wishing for the full recovery of our returned hostages and for the safe return of those still being held in Gaza.