Aharon Avital, a magician who lives in Elad and works most of the time in the city of Hod Hasharon, performing live magic shows and goes by the name Aharon HaKosem (the Hebrew word for Magician). In addition to stunning crowds with his performances, Aharon also volunteers as an EMT with United Hatzalah and carries his medical kit with him wherever he goes, even to his own performances.
Back in July, Aharon was invited to perform at a birthday party in Ra’anana. During the performance, he noticed that one of the children in the crowd began to choke. Aharon quickly intervened and saved the child’s life.
“I saw the boy start to turn blue and I noticed that he was not able to breathe and grabbing his neck. I was in the middle of my performance, but I didn’t hesitate at all. I dropped the act and rushed over to the boy,” Aharon said.
Aharon was at the boy’s side in seconds and told one of the parents to go to his car and bring his medical kit. “One of the other children told me that the boy was eating popcorn and suddenly stopped breathing,” Aharon recounted. “I began to perform the Heimlich maneuver and thankfully the boy began breathing once again and returned to his normal color. A few minutes later an ambulance showed up and took the boy to the hospital for further treatment. He was hospitalized for a few days just to make sure that everything was okay. It was a birthday that I won’t soon forget. Had I not been there, I’m not sure that he would have survived.”
Last week, the boy who choked, Adam a Muslim boy who lives in Kfar Saba, celebrated his own birthday when he turned 11-years-old. As a complete surprise to Adam, Aharon arrived at the birthday party in order to finish for Adam the show that he started three-and-a-half months earlier.
“Aharon is simply an angel,” said Afnan Najar, Adam’s mother. “God sent him to bring Adam back to us. It is no small thing that Adam has made it to his 11th birthday. When he was younger he underwent three open-heart-surgeries and is surviving with only half of his heart working. Thanks to Aharon Hakosem, we are able to celebrate Adam’s 11th birthday.”
“I can’t believe that Aharon came to celebrate my birthday with me,” Adam said. “He saved my life. He is a truly special person.”
President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said, “Aharon’s rescue of Adam is a perfect example of how a person can combine being a self-employed professional as well as being a first responder. In this instance, Aharon managed to work his magic to save a life, and we are very proud of him.”
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