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Jewish Center shooting victim goes home on firetruck

Kadish got to ride in the firetruck and was given his own firefighter's hat  

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CNN's Greg LaMotte talks with the emergency workers who saved boy's life.
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September 23, 1999
Web posted at: 10:48 p.m. EDT (0248 GMT)

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'He had no blood pressure, no pulse'

Surgery and rehab ahead for boy

October court date for alleged gunman

Victim of hate saved by minorities


LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Five-year-old Benjamin Kadish, the most seriously injured victim in last month's shooting rampage at a Los Angeles area Jewish community center, was driven home Thursday on the firetruck that first responded to the shooting.

Kadish left Woodland Hills Medical Center in a wheelchair pushed by Los Angeles fire paramedic Todd Carb, who was credited with saving the boy's life, said Los Angeles Fire Capt. Steve Ruda.

The youngster was presented with an authentic firefighter's helmet before he boarded the Los Angeles firetruck and rode several miles to his home, located near the North Valley Jewish Community Center.

At a news conference, Benjamin's mother, Eleanor Kadish, thanked dozens of emergency teams who worked to save her son's life.

'He had no blood pressure, no pulse'

Carb, who was one of the first on the scene at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, remembers seeing five people down, including Kadish, who was shot twice and unconscious.

Carb said his partner radioed the hospital that the boy was coming close to dying.

Kadish was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, where he underwent more than six hours of emergency surgery for his abdominal wounds.

Emergency room physician Dr. Charles Deng was the first to see Kadish at the hospital.

"He had no blood pressure, no pulse, so that would put you at the most critical condition you could possibly be in," Deng said.

Surgery and rehab ahead for boy

The youngster later was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, a pediatric critical care center, for treatment of a bullet wound to his leg.

Kadish was transferred from Children's Hospital to Woodland Hills Medical Center on Monday to prepare for rehabilitation.

"We wanted him to meet the people who will be providing follow-up care at his home," Woodland Hills Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Lorey said.

Kadish will require more surgery to repair a damaged colon and replace a frame on his leg in a few weeks, according to Dr. David Mesna. The boy will also undergo several months of extensive physical rehabilitation, his mother said. But doctors say his prognosis for a full recovery is excellent.

Sutton takes "great satisfaction" in the fact that he, a minority physician, saved a child allegedly targeted because he was Jewish  

October court date for alleged gunman

Suspected gunman Buford O. Furrow Jr. fired at least 70 rounds inside the North Valley Jewish Community Center in August, wounding five people, including three young children, police said. He turned himself in to authorities in Las Vegas after a massive manhunt.

Furrow, 37, is charged with five state counts of attempted murder for the shootings at the community center. He also faces federal charges in the slaying of U.S. Postal Service employee Joseph Ileto, and two weapons charges.

Furrow is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the federal case October 12.

Victim of hate saved by minorities

Authorities describe Furrow as a white supremacist who allegedly committed the crimes out of anti-Semitism and hate for people of other races. As it turned out, Kadish was saved by the combined efforts of a Jewish paramedic, an Asian emergency room physician and an African-American surgeon.

"For this Jewish, innocent child, whose life is at stake, to be saved by another minority, a black man, I find that very ironic," said Dr. Charles Sutton, who is black. "And, yes, that gives me great satisfaction."

Correspondent Greg LaMotte contributed to this report.

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