Gaza hospitals overwhelmed by those injured in Israel's military campaign

Gaza hospitals overwhelmed by those injured in Israel's military campaign

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Hazem Farjallah cries as he lies in the hallway of a Gaza hospital, his head bandaged and his aunt at his side, days after being wounded by an Israeli bombing raid and with little prospect of receiving proper medical care.

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip: Hazem Farjallah cries as he lies in the Gaza hospital hallway, his head bandaged and his aunt at his side, days after being wounded by an Israeli bombing raid and with little prospect of receiving care appropriate medical

Hazem, 10, has not spoken since he was injured in Thursday’s attack on a UN school used as a shelter and shrapnel wounds are visible on his back, chest and head.

“He’s been lying on the ground for days. He’s supposed to be in the intensive care unit. There are no mattresses,” his aunt, Umm Nasser, said in a video obtained by Reuters. Hazem is now in bed, but had to manage on the floor until Monday.

Their plight shows the dire condition of Gaza’s damaged, ill-equipped and understaffed hospitals, eight months into Israel’s military campaign against Hamas following the group’s attack on Israeli communities on October 7.

The collapse of Gaza’s health system in the face of massive Israeli bombing has complicated a series of other unfolding disasters, from the hunger crisis to the spread of disease. It has left those suffering from chronic illnesses unable to access basic care.

But the war has also caused a sudden influx of seriously injured people into the few remaining hospitals, even as they struggle to access medical supplies, overwhelming doctors and nurses who have to cope with restricted spaces and horrific injuries.

At the Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, where Hazem lies wounded, there are not even enough supports to place intravenous drips. Hazem’s aunt said she had to hold the medicine packet for it to flow.

Other injured people in the hospital made the same observation and some could be seen lying down with a friend or family member holding up the packet of medicines.

“We placed the wounded along the internal corridors and between the beds. In this hospital there is no place for the wounded. We made them sleep in outdoor tents,” said Dr. Khalil al-Dakran of Al Aqsa Hospital.

There are now four or five times as many injured people in the hospital as there are beds available, he said.

LIFE-CHANGING INJURIES

Some of the injured are in critical condition. Raed Abu Youssef’s four-year-old son Tawfik was hit in the head by shrapnel during the Israeli shelling of the Nuseirat refugee camp on Saturday during the hostage rescue operation.

He was taken to the hospital, but he was so seriously injured that rescuers could not find a pulse and the family believed he had died. Abu Youssef was digging the boy’s grave when he heard the news that Tawfik was still alive in Al Aqsa hospital.

However, his injuries still threaten his life and will surely change his life.

“It’s good that we were able to save his life, but we can’t do more. I would definitely need closer monitoring. He will lose part of his brain,” said surgeon Omar Abu Taqia.

“You definitely need to travel because resources are limited,” he said.

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(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed. Reuters)

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