This is a good question. During the middle of January, Elie developed a pain in his foot. From all the walking, cold, and labor, this was not unexpected. His foot began to swell. In fact, according to Elie, he was not even able to stand on it.
A Jewish doctor, luckily, was available to look at his foot. He told Elie that his leg was in serious shape and if they did not operate on it, later the foot might have to be amputated. So the doctor decided to operate on the foot. Elie agreed.
Elie, therefore, went to the infirmary where the operation took place. They put him on a bed and without medicine they worked on his foot. At first Elie thought that this foot was amputated and he was fearful. However, Elie found out that the operation went well and that he would make a full recovery in two weeks. This actually happened.