A Kupat Holim Leumit nurse making a routine home visit this week saved the life
of an 87-year-old Netanya woman whom she found without a heartbeat.
nurse, Annie Or, 47, entered the apartment of the woman, who had a Filipina
caregiver. “Grandma is not OK. I don’t know what happened to her,” the anxious
caregiver told the nurse.
Seeing the woman’s situation, she gave her
cardiovascular resuscitation just minutes before the woman would have died, said
the health fund.
“I found her breathing her last breaths while she was in
the bathroom. Her eyeballs were raised upward, and a few moments after I
arrived, she stopped breathing. With help from the caregiver, we lay her on the
floor in the position necessary for heart massage,” said Or.
cases, there is usually little chance to succeed, said the nurse, “but
fortunately, the woman reacted to the treatment and began to vomit. I turned her
on her side so she wouldn’t choke and called Magen David Adom and members of her
family. She regained consciousness and even thanked me for saving her
The ambulance team said the woman was experiencing cardiac arrest
and that if the nurse had not arrived exactly when she did, the woman would be
“I felt such joy and fulfillment,” said Or. “I can’t describe it in