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Israeli Doctors Treat Victims of Bucharest Disco Fire


JERUSALEM, Israel – An Israeli medical team is in Romania to help doctors at the Bagdasar Arseni Hospital in Bucharest treat some 140 victims of a deadly nightclub fire.

Romanian Health Minister Nicolae Banicioiu said the Israeli team came immediately.

"They offered to help us," he said. "We have a very good relationship with the [Israeli] Health Ministry."

The Israeli team brought a product called NexoBrid, which has proven very effective in severe burn cases.

"We have come to offer help and expertise in the use of NexoBrid, a product that replaces surgery for severe burns," Dr. Shoram said.

According to the Romanian Health Ministry, 80 to 90 of the victims are in critical condition. Seven who suffered burns over 30 percent or more of their bodies are on mechanical ventilation.

"I've never seen such a tragedy in my whole career," Dr. Shoram said when the team first arrived.

A pyrotechnic fireworksdisplay apparently sparked the deadly blaze at a heavy metal concert at Colectiv Club in Bucharest. 

The government said at least 27 were killed and close to 200 injured in the fire, which broke out around 11:00 p.m. during the performance of a group called Goodbye to Gravity.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said safety regulations may have been ignored. The government declared three days of national morning.

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