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Heroic Soroka Medical Resident Killed By Hamas

Heroic Soroka Medical Resident Killed By Hamas

February 11, 2024

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Daniel Levi Ludmir, z”l

The Lancet — Daniel Levi Ludmir, physician and ear, nose, and throat resident of Soroka Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s affiliate hospital, was killed on October 7 in Kibbutz Be’eri, Israel.

Ludmir grew up in a small Jewish community in Lima, Peru, and as a young student, he received a school prize for 5 consecutive years in recognition of the pupil who demonstrated excellence as a human being. In 2016, he moved to Israel.

One day during his residency in Be’er-Sheva, Ludmir arrived in an even better mood than usual. When Yotam Heilig, a fellow resident, asked him “why are you all lit up?” Ludmir told him he had received word the night before that he was a match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant. “There is this person who already spends all of his time helping people, and I remember how excited he was about this match”, Heilig said. “As if this person hadn’t given enough, now Daniel wanted to help through his own body.” That was just Ludmir’s way, recalled his wife, Lihi Levi Ingber. “Daniel always wanted to do the best for everyone, even for people he didn’t know.”

Ludmir was at his home in Kibbutz Be’eri when Hamas terrorists attacked Israel’s southern border on October 7, 2023. In the midst of the assault, he received a call to help treat wounded victims sheltering at a dental clinic near his house. “Daniel could have stayed with us in the shelter, he would probably still be here today. Not everyone would have gone out in that dire situation. But he went and he saved lives,” said Lihi.

Ludmir is survived by his wife, their daughter, Emma, and son, Liam, his mother, father, and two brothers. May his memory forever be a blessing.

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