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MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer released from hospital

Frail but smiling Labor MK leaves Assaf Harofeh Medical Center after five weeks; says has no plans to retire from politics

Meital Yasur Beit-Or
Published: 04.10.11, 13:36 / Israel News

Five weeks after his hospitalization, a frail-looking but smiling MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was released from Assaf Harofeh Medical Center.

 

The 75-year old Labor Knesset member was admitted to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit suffering from a severe lung infection.

 

His situation later deteriorated and was defined by his doctors as "critical." He was sedated for placed on a respirator, to assist in his treatment.

 

Two weeks into his hospitalization, Ben-Eliezer's conditions improved. He was taken off the ventilator, but was kept in the ICU, as his condition remained serious.  


MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer  (Photo: Hadar Cohen)

 

In a press conference held Sunday, Assaf Harofeh Director-General Dr. Benny Davidson refused to address Ben-Eliezer's medical condition, but thanked the medical team in charge of his care.

 

Ben-Eliezer thanked his doctors for "bringing me back from the brink of death" and said – referring to the go-slow declared in the health system – that he understood the doctors' reasons for striking. "Only someone like me, who has been through what I have been through here, understands the important work they do, the doctors, nurses and orderlies. My heart goes out to them."

 

Ben-Eliezer further said he does not intend to retire from politics, but rather resume his activities slowly: "What happens in our country is important to me. What happens to us is important to me. I will do everything I can, for as long as I draw breath."

 

 

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