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September 16, 2014 1:07 pm

Last Israeli Wounded in Gaza War Released From Hospital

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Gadi Yarkoni, the last Israeli wounded during Operation Protective Edge, was released from Soroka Medical Center (pictured) in Beersheba on Monday. Photo: PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project.

JNS.org – Gadi Yarkoni, the last Israeli wounded during Operation Protective Edge, was released from Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba on Monday and will enter a rehabilitation program at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

The orthopedic and intensive care medical teams said an emotional goodbye to the 47-year-old father of three, who was severely wounded by mortar fire from Gaza into Kibbutz Nirim only an hour before the cease-fire took effect. Two long-time members of the kibbutz, Zevik Etzion, 55, and Shahar Melamed, 43, were killed in the attack that wounded Yarkoni.

Yarkoni underwent a series of surgeries and was amputated below the knee on both legs.

“We fought for Gadi’s life, and now, he is expected to have a challenging road ahead of him in rehabilitation. I told him that when he comes back to visit us at Soroka, I want him to be walking,” said Dr. Amir Korngreen, head of the orthopedic trauma unit at Soroka, according to Israel Hayom.

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