Baltimore's Elman Retina Group's Dr. Sid Schechet Heroically Restores Sight to Wounded Israeli Soldier

By BJLife Israel Newsroom
Posted on 02/01/24

Beer Sheva, Israel - Feb. 1, 2024 - Sid Schechet, M.D. of the Elman Retina Group, took two weeks off from his busy practice to volunteer as a retina surgeon at the Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva.  Soroka is the major trauma center for wounded soldiers.  Since arriving on Monday, Dr. Schechet has been operating non-stop for more than twelve hours daily, helping to restore vision to severely wounded soldiers and anyone else in need. He has shared innovative surgical techniques he developed with the excellent staff in Israel.  Dr. Schechet also arranged for a special laser valued at $200,0000 to be shipped to Israel, which allows for the repair of retinal tears in the ICU in soldiers that cannot be moved to the Eye Clinic.  Periodically, he shares his experiences with the Elman Retina Group staff members.  Here is one such story.

"I hope all is well on the home front. Today was another doozy but filled with miracles in so many ways. Here's a nice quick story:

This young hero is a soldier who sustained a bilateral open globe with metallic foreign bodies. He was blasted by Hamas while sleeping with his team, and unfortunately, they all died.  He was the lone survivor, with injuries from top to bottom. I honestly didn't know what would happen to him after I repaired his severely damaged eyes earlier in the week.   I was scared for when he'd first awaken to hear what happened to his team and to then to open his eyes only to realize he had no vision.

He woke up last night and realized what happened to his team and that he couldn’t see.  Despite this, he immediately requested to return to his battalion to continue fighting against the terrorists. Today, when I examined him again, he miraculously could see parts of the letters I brought from my kids made for wounded soldiers. We both cried. It’s been stuff like that every second, exhausting but very uplifting."