Doctors treating hostages: They don’t teach this in medical school

Science and Health

In a historic moment, Sheba Hospital welcomed 12 hostages released from Hamas captivity that first day of the ceasefire.

Dr. Moshe Ashkenazi, deputy director of Safra Children’s Hospital, described the overwhelming emotions felt by the medical staff during this significant event.

Although none of the hostages required immediate medical intervention upon arriving at the hospital, signs of captivity were evident during their treatment.

The medical team emphasized the complexity of their emotional and physical conditions resulting from the 50 days spent in captivity. They are all in stable condition but undergoing assessments.

Dr. Ashkenazi stressed that emotional treatment is the primary focus at the moment, with additional attention given to their physical well-being. The medical staff is prepared to address any treatment needs that may arise. The overall condition of the abductees appears reasonable given the circumstances.

Dr. Oren Feldman, Director of the Pediatric Ward at Sheba Hospital, Safra Children’s Hospital (Credit: Erez Harel)

Given the uniqueness of this event, special arrangements were made by the hospital to accommodate the hostages and their families, including personalized rooms and items of comfort. The hospital staff quickly contacted the families upon receiving the list of released individuals.


As the hospital prepares for future discharges, lessons have been learned from these experiences. Dr. Ashkenazi emphasized the value of collaboration between hospitals to share knowledge and improve practices.