On Sunday evening at around 4:45 p.m., a 62-year-old man with a history of cardiological diseases, suffered a cardiac incident and lost consciousness while driving to the dialysis center on HaTa’as Street in Ramat Gan. A passerby at the scene witnessed the car veer right and drive up onto the sidewalk, crashing straight into a pole. He immediately called emergency services for help and ran over to the car to see if the passenger inside was okay.
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT and Ariel Chapter Head, Adiel Agasi, was on his ambucycle driving to a United Hatzalah instructor course when he received a notification on his communication device regarding the emergency. The accident took place only two blocks down from his location so he sped over to help and was able to arrive in less than two minutes.
As Adiel approached the scene, a passerby pulled the passenger out of the crashed car and lay him down gently on the sidewalk. Adiel rushed over and checked the man’s vital signs. The man was not physically injured in the accident but did not have a pulse. He let out a few lingering breaths and then stopped breathing altogether. Adiel reported to dispatch that he was at the scene of the car accident and was starting a resuscitation on the victim straight away. He connected a defibrillator and started chest compressions.
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Dvir Adani was on his way home from a long day of work when he received the notification of the emergency. The incident was just one block away from his house.
When Dvir arrived, he suggested going inside the dialysis center and asking what kind of medical background the patient has, as he was on his way there before he crashed. This information helped them better understand how to treat the patient and to perform a successful resuscitation.
The EMTs were joined by other medical first responders who helped in performing CPR over the course of an hour. All throughout the resuscitation process, the patient’s pulse was continuously fluctuating. After more than 60 minutes the team finally succeeded in restoring and maintaining a steady pulse and the patient was transported to the nearest hospital in an ambulance to receive further treatment.
Dvir spoke about the resuscitation after the incident and said, ”We put in a lot of effort to save the man’s life. We fought for his life and we were not willing to give up. We were all thankful that we eventually succeeded. May we hear only good news.”
Adiel added, “Thanks to my ambucycle I was able to get to the scene very quickly. Especially in this neighborhood which has a lot of traffic. It is very helpful to travel with an ambucycle because it allows me to get to where I need to go quickly, this is especially true in the case of an emergency. The ambucycles are such valuable vehicles when it comes to EMS work and I am fortunate to have been given one to save lives with.”
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