“A Team of Angels”: Helping an Amputee Find a Reason to Live

Two weeks ago, United Hatzalah “Ten Kavod” volunteers from Kfar Saba set out on a mission to dramatically improve an elderly water sports enthusiast’s quality of life by helping him experience the sea in a way that he had not done since a life-changing double amputation.

Yehuda, a 72-year-old from Kfar Saba, became bedridden as the result of a life-altering medical procedure gone wrong. The procedure led to a serious infection, causing him to lose both of his legs and severely damaging his spine. United Hatzalah’s Ten Kavod project brings Yehuda to visit the sea once a month and by doing so, has saved his life.

Yehuda and his wife Tova explained that his physical condition left him feeling hopeless to the point that he had made arrangements for voluntary euthanasia in Switzerland. “Two years ago, Yehuda underwent an operation due to a slipped disk. He was swimming and wasn’t able to swim more than 70 meters. He used to swim extensively. I knew something was wrong and brought him to a doctor,” explained Tova, a former emergency room chief nurse with five decades of experience.

“Yehuda received a series of epidural shots to deal with the pain. Soon afterward, he started to lose the ability to move his legs. We brought him to the E.R., and we found that an infection from the shots had destroyed the blood vessels in his legs and damaged his spine. Yehuda suffered severe sepsis and had to have both of his legs amputated. The infection changed our lives forever,” said Tova. “Neither of us were what people would call ‘old.’” We were both very active. Then he had all of that taken away from him.”

“I don’t have much to live for or even to look forward to anymore,” said Yehuda. “I was ready to end everything. My wife and I still love each other. We have been married for 48 years. But the inability to move on my own is simply too much to deal with. The fact that I can’t swim or enjoy the water is very difficult for me,” he explained. “The trips that United Hatzalah takes me on to see the sea are the only times that I have left to look forward to. I live in those moments when the volunteers come and take me to the sea. This past trip, when they organized for me to go on a yacht, was something that dreams are made of. I will remember it for the rest of my days,” Yehuda said.  

“There are no words for the good that United Hatzalah has done for us,” added Tova. “Yehuda’s mind is fine, but his body is not. The Ten Kavod project allows him to ‘escape’ from his body for a short time to remind himself of the beauty in the world and the reasons to keep on living.”

Yehuda is thankful for the volunteers’ efforts in organizing these monthly trips, which are always done with an ambulance and experienced medical staff on hand to handle the logistics of transporting him and ready to assist him if needed during the trip. “The United Hatzalah team here is a team of angels — every single one of them. Whenever they visit, it gives me the ability to keep going. It gives me something to look forward to.”

United Hatzalah’s Ten Kavod program sends fully trained medical volunteers to visit elderly patients, many of whom live on their own. The volunteers provide them with free medical checkups and companionship. Sometimes, as in Yehuda’s case, the volunteers do even more, providing the extra level of care and compassion that patients like Yehuda need.  

Shmuel Agassi, an EMT and Ten Kavod volunteer from Kfar Saba, visits Yehuda and Tova weekly and was instrumental in making the trip a reality. Agassi, together with Nitzan Raich, chapter head of United Hatzalah in Kfar Saba, reached out to volunteers who used their contacts to find a yacht large enough for Yehuda and a captain willing to assist. It took only a few hours to find the right vessel and the right person: yacht captain and United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Tzvika Sperling, performed the necessary safety checks to ensure that Yehuda (and his bed), as well as his family, would be able to sail on his yacht safely.

“Our mission is to help the elderly in the city as much as possible with whatever they need,” said Raich. For some of our patients, we perform electrical repairs in their homes or do other odd jobs around the house – anything that they need help with. We have volunteers who are electricians and others who are handymen. They each lend their skills when needed. Some of our patients do not have much money, so we help them obtain basic groceries from volunteers who are food suppliers and store owners. Yehuda needs a different type of help.”

Raich said that in Yehuda’s case, the team is providing support to a hero who sometimes feels that he has lost his ability to be one and to do the things that brought him joy. “Yehuda is a person who has given a lot to society, to our community, to the country in his service in the IDF and to his family. He has been through it all and survived it all. He loves his country and has even given a lot to us, the volunteers who help him. [BB3] He really loved the water. Those joys have been taken away from him due to his condition. All of the volunteers here in Kfar Saba are on a mission to give those joys back to him and thus help him find the will to keep on going.”

“[Preparing for] the boat trip took more than two weeks of solid logistical work, but we made it happen for Yehuda,” Raich said. “He is a very special man, and everyone knows him and loves him, so all of our volunteers were happy to help.”.

The three-hour trip was chaperoned by a fully equipped ambulance team on the boat, plus another team at the dock that transported Yehuda from his home to the marina and back. The boat was outfitted with special equipment that so that Yehuda could enjoy the trip from the deck while safely secured in his bed. “The joy that showed on his face was something that I will never forget,” said Sperling.

 

At the end of the day, Yehuda said to the volunteers, “Today was a compensation.”

“Compensation for what?” they asked.

“Compensation for the tragedy that I suffered through. You volunteers and what you do for me are a shining light amid an otherwise dark existence. This boat ride for me was the greatest kindness that you could do. There are not enough words to thank you,” Yehuda added.

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London Community Comes Out To Support Israeli EMS Organization, Wowed by Eurovision Champion

Netta Barzilai headlined a gala evening in a prestigious London venue last night that aimed to raise funds for Israel’s largest fully-volunteer emergency medical services organization, United Hatzalah. The event took place at One Marylebone event hall and was a sold-out engagement with more than 500 people in attendance.

Netta Barzilai sings in front of a sold out crowd at United Hatzalah London Gala Event

The reigning Eurovision champion was preceded by Co-Hosts Sara Idan and Adar Gandelsman, Miss Iraq 2017 and Miss Israel 2017 respectively, who told the story of how they met and introduced a video of one the organization’s religious female first responders who drop whatever it is that they are doing and saves the lives of anyone who needs assistance in Israel, regardless of their race or religion.     

Sarah Idan, Aida Dellal and Adar Gandelsman speak in front of the sold out audience at the gala.

In addition to the stars of the evening, Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mr. Mark Regev, spoke about the excellent work that United Hatzalah does across the country. Gala Chairman and Hotelier Ami Pomeranc spoke about his emotional connection to UH and how he’s been working to raise funds for the charity all over the world.

London philanthropist Aida Dellal was honored during the event and spoke about her family coming from Iraq to the UK and how that inspired her to support Miss Israel and Miss Iraq working together to save lives in Israel.

Philanthropist Michael Goodman from New York donated the first vehicle of the evening, followed by an anonymous donor who donated an ambulance. Pomeranc then appealed to the crowd for further donations and the evening culminated in numerous vehicles and sums being donated to the organization. The total amount raised over the course of the evening was closed to 500,000 pounds or approximately $700,000. South African Philanthropist Isy Danon got on stage and donated 100,000 pounds on behalf of the people of London.

 

“I believe in this cause wholeheartedly. Eli has built an organization of 5,000 volunteers that saves the lives of more than 30,000 people each year and that is something that is incredible to me. 30,000 people are now alive this year because of Eli Beer and United Hatzalah. These people are children, siblings, husbands, wives, parents, everyone from different races and religions. It doesn’t matter, because Eli just sees a heartbeat and he wants that heart to beat. It shows the power of what one person can achieve. So I encourage everyone to give from the heart, whatever you can give. This is a great organization and everything you give will ultimately save lives, and there is no greater gift than saving a life.”

Isy Danon together with Gandelsman and Idan

President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli beer said: “This is our first ever Gala event in London and I was amazed by the amount of support that the UK community showed for our mission of saving lives in Israel. There was an incredible atmosphere of giving and support that we felt from all of the attendees and we expect that our target of £500k was not only reached but surpassed.”

 

Following the speeches, Netta got on stage and wowed the crowd with her music and then got everyone dancing when she sung her Eurovision winner ‘Toy’.

Eli Beer speaking in front of the crowd

Regional Director of British Friends of United Hatzalah and event organizer Royi Gutkin said following the event: “I’m delighted that we were able to bring a different style of event to the UK, unlocking a huge potential for United Hatzalah to grow and expand our support base here in our country. The people who came out to support the organization were given a chance to give back while having a terrific experience with Netta’s performance. The whole evening was a huge hit and it was immensely gratifying to have the support here of the community and receive such warm feedback from our first ever event.”

 

The organization’s next Gala event is slated to take place in Los Angeles, California sometime in the spring of 2019.

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United Hatzalah in Cooperation With the Ministry of Diaspora send Psychological First Response Team to Aid Pittsburgh

A team of volunteers from United Hatzalah of Israel, in cooperation with the Ministry of Diaspora and the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, is heading from Israel to aid the community and victims of the shooting attack that took place in a Synagogue yesterday.

The team is comprised of members of the organization’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit and will assist the families of those who were killed in the attack as well as the injured and the rest of the community by providing psychological and emotional stabilization and treatment to those who need it.

 

Director of United Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit Miriam Ballin, who is heading the team said: “We are heading to Pittsburgh in order to treat those who witnessed the attack and anyone else from the community feels the need for our assistance. We will be utilizing techniques and tools that we have developed here in Israel and have proven to be highly successful in assisting those who have suffered from similar incidents here. Additionally, we hope that our work will give the community a sense of solidarity on behalf of the people of Israel.We hope to help the congregations, schools, families and individuals affected by this tragedy. We aim to provide emotional and psychological stabilization for those suffering the after effects of this tragedy.”

 

As part of our international operations, United Hatzalah has been involved in disaster relief around the world since 2010. Our teams have provided medical aid in disaster areas in foreign countries that include Haiti, Nepal, the Ukraine, the United States, Jordan, and other countries.

 

With the introduction of our Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit in 2016, we began providing psychological and emotional stabilization and treatment domestically and abroad as well. Our teams were very active in both large hurricanes that struck the United States last year, (Harvey and Irma) and we are heading there once again to help the community of Pittsburgh weather this difficult episode. Our unit is comprised of professionals in their field and includes, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and therapists.

 

The members making up United Hatzalah’s four-person team to Pittsburgh are, Ballin, Dr. of Psychology Einat Kauffman, Social Worker from Laniado Hospital Hadas Ruham, and Rabbi and Psychotherapist Avi Tenenbaum.  

 

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It’s The Little Things That Matter

Last Tuesday United Hatzalah volunteer first responders were called to an emergency on Dov Hoz street in Holon. Five volunteers arrived at the scene in order to assist in an emergency where a person had lost consciousness. The volunteers succeeded in reviving and stabilizing the man and prepping for transport to the hospital. After the ambulance left with the patient, the first responders headed to a nearby store in order to purchase some drinks to refresh themselves.

When they arrived at the cash register of “Daniel’s Drinks” (Mashkaot Daniel) located nearby, the store owner refused to take any money and asked the volunteers to accept the drinks on behalf of the residents of the neighborhood who appreciate the hard work and self-sacrifice of the volunteers.

 

“You do holy work that helps all of us and you do it for free. These drinks are the least that I can do to help you on your mission of saving lives,” the store owner told the volunteers.

 

Ami Cohen, who was one of the volunteers present said: “The store owner absolutely refused payment. We offered numerous times but he wouldn’t accept it and said that the drinks are his way of thanking us for the work that we do. It is actions like these, these small gestures of thanks, that are so enormous in our minds. They stay with us and remind us that we help make a difference. I want to thank the store owner for his recognition of our work and his generosity.”

 

Head of the Bat Yam and Holon chapter of United Hatzalah Yehuda Mizrachi said: “These types of stories really move me emotionally. Our volunteers work night and day and put their own lives on the line to save lives. When people from the community stop and say thank you to our volunteers it is something really special that we all take heart from. I too wish to thank the store owner of Daniel’s Drinks for the appreciation that he showed our volunteers. I wish him much success in his business. On behalf of the organization, I also wish to thank the volunteers themselves who helped save this man’s life.”

 

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Israeli First Responder Faces Emergency While In Transit at Newark Airport

Last week, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT and Regional Coordinator Gavy Friedson was traveling through Newark Airport on his way back from a speaking engagement in Vancouver, Canada. Friedson had been talking about how the organization saves lives by having volunteers spread across the country. These volunteer first responders are trained to recognize an emergency situation and react in seconds to provide medical aid and intervention. Friedson was not expecting to have to put his training to use so soon after his speaking event. But as is often the case with first responders, they are often in the right place at the right time.

On Tuesday, Friedson, was in the airport when he noticed an 86-year-old woman in a wheelchair being pushed by her daughter and granddaughter through the terminal.

Friedson noticed that the matriarch was not being responsive as her daughter called her name. The older woman was turning red and quickly losing consciousness.

Friedson immediately signaled the airport police officers to get him a defibrillator and to call an ICU ambulance. The police officers helped him get the woman out of the wheelchair and lay her gently down on the floor where he began chest compressions. Friedson, together with the first responders in the airport continued CPR for approximately 8 minutes until an ambulance arrived.

Minutes before this situation occurred Gavy was telling the people next to him on his fight all about his experiences as an EMT first responder. He had told fellow passengers that: “We never know when an emergency will take place. We never know where it will happen and we certainly will never know why.”

Friedson, therefore, encouraged his fellow passengers to take CPR courses so that they will have the basic skills needed in the moment when an emergency takes place. “We may not be able to predict the when and the where, but we can certainly train ourselves to know how to respond. We can definitely know how to do basic CPR which can help save a life,” he added.

Just a few minutes after the wheels touched down on the tarmac, Friedson found himself performing CPR.

“It is incredibly important to know what to do in this type of situation,” Friedson said. “I cannot emphasize enough how important learning and performing CPR properly is. A bystander can quickly turn into a lifesaver if they know what to do and act quickly during an emergency even before ambulances and first responders arrive. That is the idea that United Hatzalah is founded upon (having volunteer responders arrive ahead of ambulances to cut down response time. That is the message that I am trying to share with everyone I meet across the globe. Hopefully, my efforts will result in many lives being saved.”

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New Course Trains Volunteer EMTs For Israel and U.S. Certification

For the second consecutive year, United Hatzalah of Israel will be offering a hybrid Israeli and United States emergency first responder training course. The course, which is set to begin on October 14th with an orientation class, will allow participants to become certified EMTs in both Israel and most of the United States.

NREMT trainee wheels a patient into the emergency room.

The course is being taught by United Hatzalah but is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) which certifies EMTs across the United State and whose accreditation is used by 46 states out of 50 as a basis for licensure. United Hatzalah is Israel’s official training partner of the NREMT.

 

“We are making the effort to reach out to the English speaking population in Israel who often travel to the U.S. as well as students studying in Israel for their gap year. Many of these people want to get involved and save lives so we came up with this training course that will certify them in both countries allowing them to save lives no matter where they are,” said President and Founder Eli Beer.

 

The course will be given in English. It is comprised of in-class training, as mandated by Israel’s Health Ministry, and includes extra components online that comply with the NREMT training. The in-class training will be conducted at United Hatzalah’s headquarters in Jerusalem.

 

Last year, the organization held three such courses and graduated more than 60 students, some of whom went on to save lives as first responders in both countries.  

 

“I’ve gone on dozens of emergency calls as well as ambulance shifts in Israel and I can say that it has been an experience that changed me and how I live my life,” said Yonaton Atkin, one of the graduates of the course from last year. “Throughout my life, I have always wanted to help others, now, whether I am at home, in the office, or even abroad visiting family and friends in the United States, I can help others as a first responder. That is something that is important to me and has helped me make a difference in my own community in Israel and in the U.S.”

 

Another volunteer, Coral Sellouk graduated the course last May and within two weeks had saved the lives of two people, one in Rehovot and the other in her hometown of West Hollywood, California.

 

“Training to become an EMT has been a positive change for me,” said Sellouk. “Not only have I learned to gauge my surroundings in a different way and notice things that I never did before, but I have also managed to raise my awareness in a way that enables me to help people. It is because of this training that I was able to save two lives since my graduation. That is not something that I ever expected to do,” she added.  

The NREMT course is set to begin with a mandatory orientation on October 14th in Jerusalem. It is open to both Men and Women from age 17 and up. For more information regarding the course or to register please contact Yatkin@israelrescue.org

 

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Local Bicycle Shop Owner Donates Parts to Repair Vandalized First Response Vehicle

Kiryat Malachi resident and bicycle store owner Rafi Ovadia donated parts that were vandalized from a first response emergency electric bicycle that belonged to EMT Shmuel Galinsky. Galinsky’s electric bicycle, which he uses to respond to medical emergencies in his neighborhood, was vandalized over the weekend. Galinsky discovered the theft and vandalization of his bicycle when he received an emergency alert from United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command center on Shabbat afternoon.

Galinsky ran downstairs to get on his bicycle and drive over to the scene of the emergency only to find that the seat and the electric battery had been stolen from his bicycle. Other parts of the bicycle were damaged in the theft and the vehicle was unusable. Galinsky had to notify the dispatcher that he was standing down from responding.

 

On Saturday night, the volunteers from across the city took to social media castigating the thief and denouncing the action that caused the delayed response to a medical emergency.    

 

The story caught fire on social media and even the Mayor of Kiryat Malachi, Eliyahu Lulu, who was present during the inauguration of the local headquarters of United Hatzalah and the dedication of Galinsky’s electric bicycle just a few months ago denounced the theft on his public facebook page.

 

Upon hearing of the plight of the first responder, Ovadia, who owns the store Bike-Station in Rishon LeZion, contacted Galinsky and asked if he could collect the bicycle so that he could repair it. Ovadia dealt with the logistics of picking up the bicycle, bringing it to his store in Rishon LeZion, fixing the damage and replacing the stolen parts. He even added some features for extra safety and convenience for the rider to enjoy.

 

Ovadia then brought the bicycle back to Galinsky’s apartment building where he showed Galinsky how to use the additional features, enabling Galinsky to more easily save lives. Ovadia told members of the chapter that he was doing this of his own volition and as a donation to the organization.

 

Galinsky thanked Ovadia profusely for his help and has already returned to service having gone out on three calls since he has received the bicycle back. “I can’t thank Rafi enough for this noble act that he has done in order to allow me to continue to save lives here in our community. It is a great thing that he has done and I, together with all the patients I reach from here on out, appreciate it tremendously,” Galinsky said.

 

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A New Birth A New Beginning

United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, and Director of the organization’s women’s unit, Gitty Beer was cooking soup for dinner when she was alerted to a woman in labor in her community in Jerusalem. Gitty almost forgot to turn off the stove under the bubbling soup as she dashed out of the door and sped to the address. She arrived in under 3 minutes.

A crowd of excited children, from tot to teen, stood outside the apartment. The children told Gitty that their mother would be giving birth to their fourteenth sibling. As Gitty ran in she saw the father in the house with his wife, extremely stressed out. It was clear that the birth was imminent. Gitty whipped out her birth kit as she prepared the woman for a home delivery. Two more United Hatzalah volunteers arrived, a paramedic with his EMT wife. The two female medics focused on the laboring woman while the paramedic stood nearby, providing the woman with privacy while right on hand in case ALS intervention was required.

The baby’s head emerged, rapidly followed by its wiggling, smooth little body. A healthy baby girl. Gitty performed an APGAR assessment, dried the baby and clipped the umbilical cord. The mother gently took her new daughter and began to nurse her tenderly. It was heartwarming to see how excited and delighted she was, despite having given birth thirteen times before. Now that the danger was over, the father relaxed as well and held his daughter caringly as the medics tended to his wife.

 

The woman was eager to show the newborn to her other children, and Gitty helped the woman change into a comfortable robe. She cleaned away signs of the birth and the father called in the waiting siblings. An ambulance arrived and the woman and infant were transported to the maternity ward for postnatal care.

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Saving a Life in Two Minutes – A First Person Account

My name is Chaim Stern and I am a United Hatzalah volunteer EMS first responder. A few weeks ago, I was lying in bed reading a book and drifting off to sleep when I received an emergency alert from United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center. A child was choking in my vicinity. The clock showed 12:52 a.m. as Stern jumped out of bed. The address came in a moment later and my adrenaline spiked. The emergency was right across the street from where I live.

I quickly reported to dispatch that I was en route and, following protocol, I switched over to the regional channel on my radio for further instructions and reports. There I got the rest of the information regarding the emergency including which floor and apartment in the building the emergency was taking place in. All this happened in the few seconds it took me to get my clothes and vest on.

 

I ran across the road. As I ran into the building the elevator pinged. The father of the child had sent the grandfather to direct EMS teams.

 

I told him to stay downstairs while I took the elevator up to the fourth floor. I reached the floor and walked out of the elevator while hitting the button to send it back down to the lobby so that backup could arrive quickly. I entered the hallway and to my right saw the open door. I ran in and saw a tiny baby in a diaper lying on the dining-room table and the baby’s father attempting to do compressions.

 

As I approached, in ran another volunteer behind me. The baby was slightly cyanotic around the lips and wasn’t moving. I felt for a brachial pulse but there was none. I reported on my radio that I was undertaking CPR and that Advanced Life Support (ALS) should be alerted. I immediately administered two breaths to the baby’s mouth while I stuck my hand underneath to raise his shoulders slightly to open his airway. The other volunteer relieved the father of doing compressions and as he took over I counted out two breaths and then he performed 15 compressions. We cycled like that for a few more rounds and then searched for a pulse.

 

Lo and behold we found a pulse. It was very slow so we did another cycle. Suddenly the baby started moving around and two seconds later let out a weak cry followed by strong full-fledged screaming.

 

It was at the moment that the baby screamed that the United Hatzalah ambulance arrived. The team was headed by EMS instructor and volunteer Yechiel Meiberg who had come from the national offices just down the road.

 

I remember everything so vividly as one would at a life-altering event. I cannot begin to explain what a fulfilling feeling it was when that baby started crying again.

When things calmed down a bit Afterward and I was heading home, I checked our operations application to review what had transpired. I was surprised to see how fast things took place. I saw at 12:53 it said that I reported that we undertaking CPR. At 12:54 we had reported that the baby had regained consciousness. I got the call at 12:52. That means that within 120 seconds of the call we got the baby back to being fully conscious.

  

Incidentally, the father of this child is actually an uncle of one of our volunteers named Bentzi. Bentzi called me up the next day, quite emotional, to thank me.

 

I went to visit the family the following Thursday to find out how the baby is and how they are. The grandmother opened the door and told me that the baby had lost consciousness again in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and had to be readmitted for a while. From her, I got the full details of the story.

 

The baby had been born 9 weeks early and had been let out of the hospital 2 months later. He was let out of the hospital on that Friday. The family had noticed through Shabbat that sometimes while the baby was eating he seemed to choke a little but it always managed t recover. On Saturday night, unfortunately, it didn’t and that’s when he called.

 

It is indeed hard to imagine what a large part of this baby’s future I managed to play in just a few minutes, and what part United Hatzalah has as well. While my story is only one of many life-saving stories that have taken place by the volunteers in our organization over the years, each one is a world unto itself.

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Helping a Gentleman Who Can No Longer Help Himself

“Never in my life did I think that I would rely upon volunteers to come to my house once a month in order to take me to my favorite spot in the world. The place where I feel the most comfortable and that I yearn to be at the most is a place that I will no longer be able to go without your help.”

This is what Yehuda, a senior citizen in Israel wrote in a letter to his Ten Kavod volunteers from United Hatzalah in Kfar Saba who arrive each week at his home in order to assist in providing him with free medical care, regular check-ups, and companionship. The volunteers, also regularly take Yehuda in an ambulance to the beach for a picnic with his wife. Yehuda is an amputee who lost both of his legs and is unable to leave his home without medical assistance and oversight.

 

Every month, volunteers from the Kfar Saba chapter pick up the local ambulance, go shopping for the couple’s lunch, and then pick up Yehuda and his wife from their home and bring them to the beach. “Each time we come to take Yehuda and his wife, they become overwhelmed with emotion, and so do we. There isn’t a volunteer anywhere in the city who doesn’t know Yehuda’s story. We all take turns helping them on their monthly outing and we all enjoy doing it immensely. Yehuda is an incredibly intelligent and interesting person who enjoys conversing with others. He has touched all of us,” said Nitzan Reich, who heads the Kfar Saba chapter.  

 

United Hatzalah’s Ten Kavod project (Hebrew for Giving Honor), sends emergency medical response volunteers to visit elderly people who live on their own once a week. The volunteers check up on the elderly participants in the program to make sure that they are in good health and taking their medications should they need to do so. If there is a drastic change or anomaly, then the volunteer will report it to the patient’s family doctor who can then follow up directly with the patient.

 

“We have volunteers across Israel visiting more than 750 participants in the program,” said Program Director Shmuel Rosengarten. “The group in Kfar Saba is especially active as the volunteers there have actively adopted not just the participants but all of the elderly who live in the city and are in need of assistance. The volunteers in that chapter are a shining example of how by giving you can make a positive change in your entire community.”

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