On Sunday evening just before 6:00 p.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Eli Koon had just gotten home from work when he received an alert from the organization’s dispatch and command center. The notification told him that there was a serious road accident near his location on Derech Ha’aravah Highway.
Without wasting any time Eli got on his ambucycle and immediately raced off towards the location of the accident that he received on his smart-phone communication device. The accident had occurred close to Israel’s border with Jordan, which is very close to Eli’s kibbutz (Kibbutz Eilot is Israel’s southernmost kibbutz), and with the help of his swift ambucycle, Eli arrived first at the scene.
When Eli arrived he found that a pick-up truck has smashed into a signpost and flipped over onto its roof. Inside the truck were three men who had been injured in the collision. Eli worked rapidly triaging the victims and providing initial treatment.
All three of the men had suffered suspected spinal injuries and one had sustained a serious head wound. Eli worked with another EMT who arrived for several minutes in the remote location until additional forces and ambulances crews arrived to join the rescue effort. Within a few minutes, the three victims had been stabilized, immobilized, and prepped for transport to the hospital for further treatment.
The Kibbutz where I live is located one minute away from the location of the accident. I was there within a few minutes and this was a very serious accident. I felt a sense of gratitude that I was able to help the people injured. Had I not arrived when I did to provide treatment and stabilize their conditions, their situation may have been very different. It is gratifying to know that I was able to make a difference and I want to that United Hatzalah for giving me the tools and knowledge to do so.”
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