Just after 11 a.m. on Monday, an 80-year-old woman in Holon collapsed at her residence. Her foreign caregiver immediately called emergency services.

United Hatzalah EMTs Chen Bador and Hillel Hamawi were on their ambucycles when they received the alert on their communications devices. They immediately stopped what they were doing and rushed to the scene, arriving in under 3 minutes. Yuval Dantziger, another United Hatzalah EMT, also arrived at the same time in his private vehicle.

They entered the home and found the woman lying unconscious on the floor. She wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. Springing into action, they attached a defibrillator and began chest compressions with assisted ventilation. The defibrillator did not recommend a shock, so they, together with another EMT who had just arrived, continued administering CPR.

Shortly after, an Advanced Life Support ambulance team arrived at the scene. The paramedic attached a heart monitor and administered a shock to the patient. The paramedic also administered medication via IV, while the EMTs continued their efforts to revive the woman. After about 25 minutes, the woman’s pulse and breathing were restored. She was rapidly transported to the hospital for further treatment.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Dantziger, reflecting on the team’s success. “We provide initial treatment and do the best we can to give the person a chance to survive later at the hospital, so when we succeed in giving them that chance, it’s extremely rewarding. Calls like these make everything worth it.”