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June 21, 2020

At the age of 106, Abraham Habeeri underwent a cardiac episode and was rushed to the operating room for urgent catheterization.  After recovering quickly and stunning the doctors, he is expected to be discharged soon.

Matan Tzuri, Yediot Aharonot

On Sunday, Abraham Barry, a 106-year-old Ashdod resident, arrived at Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital with signs of a cardiac episode.

Habeeri was immediately rushed to the operating room and underwent catheterization after a coronary artery occlusion was identified. Doctors were concerned when they began the operation, since Habeeri’s especially advanced age put him at risk of systems collapsing in no time. But Habeeri, who was born in Yemen and immigrated to Israel at an early age with his family, showed remarkable strength and survived the operation. His recovery was also fast.

The excited doctors arrived at Habeeri’s bedside yesterday to wish him a full recovery. Prof. Eli Lev, director of cardiology at Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital, told Yediot Aharonot: “This is the oldest patient that I’ve operated on, but his recovery is amazing and I believe he will be released in a day or two and wish him many more years of health and longevity.”

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