Love can happen in the unlikeliest places, even the emergency room at Hadassah Hospital.

This was the reality for Leah, an X-ray technician in one of Hadassah’s COVID-19 units, and Elior, who is an officer in the Temple Mount Unit of the Jerusalem District Police.

They met in December 2020 after Elior’s grandfather Yehuda had been hospitalized. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Leah and Elior fell in love, married, and are now expecting a baby girl.

So how did Cupid make his way into a hospital dealing with the greatest health crisis in our lifetime? And was he wearing a mask and PPE?

Elior explains that his family was not allowed to enter the unit to visit his grandfather.

“We were naturally worried about him,” Lior said. “Fortunately, my father heard about a relative of someone he knew from France who was working at Hadassah Ein Kerem helping to X-ray the lungs of COVID-19 patients.

“We contacted her and asked her to give him support. That technician, who has a huge heart, threw herself into the mission. We didn’t know then that her willingness to help would end with her joining the family!”

When the couple married, Yehuda stood under the chuppah to offer his blessing.
There was an intervening period between the hospital and the chuppah.
Leah said that every time she’d go to see how he was and update the family, “I got to know a charming man and a close family."
When Yehuda was discharged, he still needed to be on oxygen. The family asked Leah to keep helping him.

"I got to know everyone better, and very quickly the connection to Elior turned into something else, to a story of our own, to love," Leah says.

Elior said it was a crazy time.

“Who would have believed that at a time when Israel was experiencing the worst of the pandemic, such a serious relationship could form? Still, it looks like love conquers all, even the craziness of COVID."

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