Status: Married with two daughters
Home: Kiryat Ono
Plans: To attend Tel Aviv University for Social Work
Following the explosion, Amit received multiple shrapnel wounds. One piece entered his head from below his left ear and exited his forehead. It was this injury that plunged him into darkness and paralyzed the right side of his body. It took more than a year of physical therapy before the 35-year-old father of two young daughters was finally ready to leave the hospital and return home to continue his rehabilitation.
Amit first heard about Guide Dogs from fellow visually-impaired veterans at the Disabled Veterans Rehabilitation Center. Their descriptions of how their dogs had changed their lives persuaded him to contact our Center. Once he was interviewed and assessed, all that was left to do was wait.
Amit says the day he received the call telling him that he was invited to join our class, "there was no one in the world happier that I was." He wanted a dog to help him to regain his mobility and independence, but he also wanted a faithful companion to help ease the feeling of isolation.
One his second day in the course, Amit was introduced to his dog Dylan, who he describes as "amazing." This "tall, strong" black Labrador immediately came up and started licking him.
He speaks movingly about walking with Dylan down an open sidewalk for the first time; "What a sense of freedom! It was the most wonderful feeling I have had since I was injured."
Amit is amazed at how well the Center helps blind individuals feel comfortable and confident. He looks forward to getting on with his life, working with Dylan and, "going back to being a whole person."
Amit Bar-El was a soldier fighting house-to-house during the 2006 Lebanon War. As he rushed to the aid of a wounded comrade, Amit opened a door only to have a rocket fly past and explode in the wall next to him. He received multiple shrapnel wounds
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