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The parent of a ventilator-dependent child reflects on corona pandemic

Very soon we started to feel like caged lions. There were days when I felt like if I didn’t scream or cry out loud, I’d go crazy, but I knew I had to keep my composure for Dor.

‘I’m sorry, you won’t be able to take your son home for Purim. COVID-19 is spreading, and we can’t put him at such risk,” said Dr. Eliezer Be’eri, director of the Respiratory Rehabilitation Department at ALYN Hospital, the day before the holiday.

I looked at my husband, Yehoshua, in astonishment. Dor had been hospitalized for six straight months, and this was to be his first visit home. We’d already organized wheelchair-accessible transportation and prepared the entire extended family for his arrival.

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