Just before Rosh Hashanah, a two-year-old boy was playing with the family’s laundry line, which was hanging outside their third-floor window in Bnei Brak, when the laundry line broke. The boy lost his balance and fell out of the window, plummeting to the street below. On the way down his body struck an A/C motor unit and then a fence, somewhat mitigating the potentially lethal fall before he hit the ground.

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Yaakov at the scene of the fall

Witnesses called emergency services for help. United Hatzalah’s dispatch center urgently alerted Yaakov Borer, who was nearby driving on a parallel road to where the incident took place. He flicked on his sirens and sped to the location. Borer arriving at the scene in less than a minute.

The experienced EMT immediately immobilized the boy due to the high probability of internal bleeding and spinal injuries. He secured an open airway, affixed a neck brace, and took vital signs, speaking soothingly to the dazed little boy all the while. Another United Hatzalah ambucycle EMT arrived and joined the effort to treat the little boy. The pair worked together and soon the young child had received all the necessary on-site care. When an intensive care ambulance arrived sometime later, the little boy was immediately loaded onto the ambulance and whisked off to the trauma center. Miraculously, the boy was released from the hospital two days later. He was prescribed rehabilitative therapy for six months and requires a leg brace for that time, but thanks to Divine intervention and the quick response of Yaakov and his fellow EMT, the boy is expected to make a complete recovery.

Yaakov spoke about the feeling of what it is like to save the life of a child. “This is the fourth time I’ve treated a child for this type of injury. The last time I treated a child who fell from a third-story window was also in Bnei Brak, it was about a year ago. To save a life, especially the life of a child, gives a person a sensation lie no other. In this instance, I was present to witness a miracle. Seeing these incidents, and being able to help, changes a person.”

Borer added: “Every day I realize new ways that the training and equipment that I received from United Hatzalah can be used to save lives. I see the results walking around me in my neighborhood and on the streets of Bnei Brak where I live every day. I am so thankful that I have the merit to be a part of this organization that saves lives so that people like this boy can have a new beginning even after a terrible accident.”

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