TAU Team Treats Young Burn Victims in Romania Thursday, September 2, 2010
Burn specialists lend aid after tragic hospital fire
Dr. Josef Haik
Last month, a dozen premature infants were left critically injured or dead after a tragic hospital fire in Romania. A team of ten burn specialists from Israel and Tel Aviv University, including Dr. Josef Haik, head of the burn center at the Haim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, rushed in to offer their expertise, the Associated Press reported recently.
"We've treated premature babies, but we have not seen so many cases in one place," Dr. Haik, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a specialist in the treatment of burns, told the Associated Press.
Romania's relations with Israel have been close since July, when six Israeli air force personnel died in a joint helicopter exercise with Romania. The fire — believed to be caused by a malfunctioning air conditioning unit — forced women and their babies to evacuate the facility. Several babies died, and others suffered burns on up to 80 percent of their bodies.
To read the whole story on how Tel Aviv University physicians are using their expertise to save lives around the world, read the Associated Press article here.