Immediately following it's arrival to the Western Galilee Hospital- Nahariya, a life saving MRI restores the life of one Northern resident, 56. The patient was brought to the hospital follwing complaints of recognition difficulties and suffering from blood contaminants. She was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit and treated with antibiotics. After she regained consciousness, the patient began to complain of pain in her back and legs. After being admitted to the previously unopened MRI- physicians found the patient to be suffering from an Epidural Abscess which can lead to paralysis and further risks to survival. With the new diagnosis, the patient underwent an emergency operation during which the surgeons were able to remove the abscess. The patient is currently recovering and hopes to enjoy full recovery in the coming weeks.

 

It is important to note that until the opening of the newly built MRI unit of Western Galilee Hospital, the hospital shared a portable devise which was moved between hospitals throughout the North. Director of the Spinal Injury Unit Dr. Nimrod Rachimimov stated that it was impossible to know where the portable devise would be when it was needed and that the unit was constantly chasing across the entire North with seriously ill patients from Tiberius to Hadera.

 

The low availability of the mobile unit lead to long wait times for the many people in need of MRI's and consequently the long delays of suffering and pain before treatment for many patients. Recently the Ministry of Health granted liscence to additional hospitals to operate an MRI Unit on a permanent basis, this included Nahariya. After years if fundraising, and soon after its premiere, the need for such a device in the periphery is evident. The devise was purchased in part with the support of the Friends of Western Galilee Hospital, IFCJ headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee. Dr. Rachimimov reiterated, "This occurrence proves without a doubt that a regular MRI within the hospital saves lives. If we had encountered this patient before the device had arrived to us, we would have had to track down the mobile unit and send the patient by ambulance on her way with a physician at her side. Transport of this sort causes great suffering to the patient due to the distance and motion and any delay in treatment likely endangers the life of the patient. A new MRI advances the care being provided to residents of the periphery and helps us to close the gaps between us and the center of the country.