Gadi Yarkoni, the last Israeli wounded during Operation Protective Edge, was released from Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva on Monday and will enter a rehabilitation program at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.
The orthopedic and intensive care medical teams said an emotional goodbye to the 47-year-old father of three, who was severely wounded by mortar fire from Gaza into Kibbutz Nirim only an hour before the cease-fire took effect. Two long-time members of the kibbutz, Zevik Etzion, 55, and Shahar Melamed, 43, were killed in the attack that wounded Yarkoni.
Yarkoni underwent a series of surgeries and was amputated below the knee on both legs.
“We fought for Gadi’s life, and now, he is expected to have a challenging road ahead of him in rehabilitation. I told him that when he comes back to visit us at Soroka, I want him to be walking,” said Dr. Amir Korngreen, head of the orthopedic trauma unit at Soroka, according to Israel Hayom.