A teenage Romanian Jewish activist, who was
severely burned and electrocuted in a freak train accident, remains in serious
condition with life-threatening injuries after being airlifted to Israel from
Bucharest last week.
David Finti,19, is receiving treatment at
Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Kerem. He was brought to Israel in
an emergency air ambulance last Wednesday, along with his parents.
Yehuda Sharf, The Jewish Agency’s director of
aliyah, absorption and special operations said that Finti was planning to visit
Israel soon after beginning medical school in Romania. Following the accident,
the Jewish community of Bucharest approached The Jewish Agency’s local emissary
with a special request for the Agency to coordinate the airlift and expedite
the teen’s Aliyah process.
Finti sustained severe burns on 80 percent of
his body. Haddasah-Ein Kerem houses a world-class burn unit and, as an Israeli
citizen, Finti can receive the high-level care he needs in order to recover.
During the flight from Bucharest, Jewish
Agency officials processed his application for citizenship, which Israel’s
Ministry of Absorption—with special assistance from Minister Sofa
“His life is still in danger,” Sharf said.
“We have to pray and hope that he’ll be ok.”
The Jewish Agency conducted the operation in
partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and
Israel’s Ministry of Health, led by Director General Roni Gamzo.