IDF Paratrooper Survives Despite the Odds – Jordan Adler
(dailyalert.org, May 2, 2014)
In December 2008, IDF Lt. Aharon Karov was celebrating his wedding. Twelve hours later, he was on the ground in Gaza as Operation Cast Lead began, a member of the Paratrooper Brigade. In January 2009, Karov was walking through an old building in Gaza when an explosive detonated above his head. Members from his team thought he was dead. Miraculously, despite a head and body pierced by more than 500 fragments of shrapnel, Karov survived.
“Today, I don’t feel anything from the injury,” Karov said. The wounded soldier, known as “the groom who went to war,” lay in a coma for 10 days. When he woke up, Karov was unable to move, could not recognize his wife, and was unable to speak. “When I arrived at rehab, [the doctors] did not have a goal that I was going to be normal again,” he said. A few years later he ran the New York Marathon in four hours and 14 minutes. (Canadian Jewish News)