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Yeshiva student Levi Rosenblatt released from Bellevue Hospital after synagogue stabbing

Posted: 1:11 PM, Dec 18, 2014
Updated: 2014-12-18 13:11:21-05

MANHATTAN (PIX11) — A Yeshiva student who was stabbed in a Brooklyn synagogue was released from Bellevue Hospital Wednesday.

Levi Rosenblatt, 23, was stabbed in the head by a person believed to be mentally ill at the Shabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights Dec. 9. The man was rushed to Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and then transferred for treatment at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

“Mr. Rosenblatt suffered a knife injury to the blood vessels in an extremely sensitive area of his brain,” said Dr. Paul Huang, chief of neurosurgery at the hospital.

“Because of the resources available to use, as well as the experience and expertise of the nurses and physicians at Bellevue Hospital, we were able to deliver a very sophisticated level of care to this patient. He underwent a procedure to repair two blood vessels, which was successful. He had an amazing recovery,” Huang said.

Rosenblatt thanked the staff at both hospitals for the treatment he received.

“Thanks to the Hatzalah of Crown Heights volunteer ambulance service, the NYPD, the doctors and nurses here at Bellevue and at Kings County Hospital, my friends who stayed with me in my room around the clock, my family who came from Israel to be with me, and all the people all over the world who have prayed for me,” he said.

The 23-year-old’s attacker, Calvin Peters, 49, was fatally shot by an NYPD officer who reported to the synagogue. Peters was wielding a 9-inch knife and refused to drop it during the confrontation.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton defended the actions of the officer upon initial investigation.

“The shooting looks like it was justified based on my initial impression of what I’ve seen on the video and that video I saw only on television,” Bratton said during a press conference the same day of the attack.