On Monday morning just before 9:00 a.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Or Krigman was in his home in the city of Ariel with his wife and two sick daughters. With both daughters under the age of three, Or was helping his wife as she had a work meeting to attend. Suddenly, Or’s communications device began to ring, an 88-year-old woman was unconscious and pulseless on the other side of the city.
Despite his personal obligations, Or left his understanding wife and rushed to his car. Arriving after seven minutes along with volunteer Gidon Kadry, Or entered the building of the given location on Hadekel street. Upon arrival, the two EMTs found the unconscious woman with a family member, still on the phone with United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center, attempting CPR.
The two volunteers quickly took over the CPR efforts and began chest compressions. As Or took over with the compressions, Gidon reached for his defibrillator. After attaching it, the defibrillator did not advise a shock, and so the two continued on with their resuscitative efforts.
After four minutes of chest compressions and assisted ventilation, a paramedic arrived at the scene and provided medication including Adrenaline. Shortly thereafter, an ambulance crew arrived as well to join in the fight to save the elderly woman’s life.
After a full hour of strenuous CPR, the woman’s pulse miraculously returned, just as a mobile intensive care ambulance arrived at the scene. The woman was loaded into the ambulance and taken to the nearest hospital. Once making sure the woman was secured in the ambulance Or rushed home to his wife and daughters.
“It took a lot of strength to leave my wife alone with my daughters, but it was still a decision I had to make, and one I do not regret,” said Or. “The fact that Gidon and I arrived first at the scene only strengthens the argument that no matter what is going on in one’s personal life, when there is another person’s life on the line, as a volunteer EMT I need to drop what I’m doing and rush out to help. When we arrived, a family member informed us that she had found the woman lying on the floor, and called United Hatzalah immediately, but she had no idea how long the woman was unconscious for. I am glad that my wife understands that she is part of my efforts to save lives and without her, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. Sometimes we all have to make sacrifices in order to save a life and I’m glad that she understands and that I was able to do so today.”
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