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Firefighters Visit Children at Ruth Rappaport Children's Hospital

Publication Date: 4/25/2022 1:30 AM

Everyone knows that being hospitalized is no fun, but a team of firefighters and rescue workers decided to give the hospitalized children at Rambam Health Care Campus something worth remembering – a special rappelling demonstration from the roof of Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital.

Firefighters posing with the young patients. Photography: Rambam HCC.Firefighters posing with the young patients. Photography: Rambam HCC.

A team of firefighters and a special rescue unit recently visited Rambam's Ruth Rappaport Children's Hospital for the specific purpose of bringing joy to the children hospitalized there. Some of the firefighters were tired after spending the previous night battling a major fire, but they insisted on participating, as they did not want the children to be disappointed.

The high point of the day occurred when the firefighters climbed up to the roof of the Children's Hospital, got into their safety harnesses, secured them, and rappelled in pairs down the seven-story building. The delighted youngsters expressed their enthusiasm with loud cheers and applause. As soon as the firefighters landed on the ground, they posed for photos with the excited patients and their parents.

The activities did not end there—the team of firefighters then visited the Joan & Sanford Weill Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, where they met with members of the medical staff and distributed informational materials and small gifts to the children who were too sick to go outside. The firefighters then put out the flames of disappointment by visiting the children in each room in the division. Armed with huge smiles and heartfelt wishes for their recovery, they ensured that each child caught a smile of their own with a special memory to treasure.