Blog: Living with Down Syndrome in Israel
Thursday, June 11, 2015
In Israel some 140 children are born with Down Syndrome each year. In total, there are about 7,000 people with this condition in the country.


A Medical miracle!

Posted on 2/20/2014 by Ariel Rudolph

In April 2001, when Ariel Yered was less than a year old, he was severely injured by a rocket fired at his home in Gush Katif. He was brought to a hospital in critical condition and initially showed no signs of life. Rocket fragments had penetrated his brain and damaged his spine.

The doctors did not believe that he would survive and thought that if he did he would spend the rest of his life in a vegetative state. After surgery his condition improved and after three weeks Ariel was transferred to the Alyn hospital where he started a long and difficult rehabilitation. Today, after many years of rehabilitation, Ariel is a true "medical miracle". He leads a normal life and is supported by his loving family and the community.

Ariel's case is just one of many examples of how the rehabilitation treatment offered by Alyn has helped those in need to recover. Children with congenital and acquired diseases, including cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and burns are treated at here.

Alyn’s doctors with varied areas of specialization offer a range of therapy including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational and speech therapy. Each child treated at Alyn receives rehabilitation treatment personalized for his needs. Their therapy includes education and emotional support of their families including psychological counseling.

Alyn strives towards the speedy rehabilitation of children so that they can function independently, return back to their families and communities and regain their self esteem.

By Ora Shapiro

Credit: Alyn