By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
Israeli women typically undergo several ultrasound scans and other tests during pregnancy.
But what does one do if a problem is suspected in the fetus?
A new clinic has now opened at Jerusalem's ALYN Hospital, the national pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation center for children with serious physical disability due to genetic disease, accidents or other causes. The clinic will advise parents whose fetus is suspected
of suffering from heart defects, spina bifida, skeletal defects, muscular disorders, cleft palate (which can easily be treated with plastic surgery) and other problems.
Such parents will be able to consult with hospital director-general Dr. Maurit Be'eri or Dr. Eliezer Be'eri, the deputy director-general, social worker and Rabbi Zvi Porat, who specializes in matters of medicine and Halacha.
Parents who want to have the baby despite suspected disorders will be told what capabilities the baby will have despite disabilities and what treatments can be offered.
The ALYN director said she hoped the new clinic would relieve parents' fears and worries and help them cope.
During his latest visit to China Dr. Eliezer Be'eri, presented a lecture at Peking University First Hospital in China.
This past Ride was especially meaningful for a group of children who have been rehabilitated here.
Glasses of grape juice were raised at the Opening Ceremony of the renovated ALYN Hospital Kiosk.
Dr. Eliezer Be'eri joined the play area to get first-hand experience and shares with us his impressions.
The NY Daily News covered the rehabilitation of Maria Amman, a charming Palestinian girl, implanted with a phrenic nerve pacemaker.
Dr. Steven Bachrach, a Pediatric Neurodevelopment Disabilities specialist from Philadelphia, on vacation in Israel, chose to spend his time volunteering at ALYN Hospital.
Yes, like all kids, our kids at ALYN also love to jump, dance and be playful.