An American-born lone soldier from the Nahal Brigade remains in intensive care
at the Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv, a day after collapsing from
heatstroke during an eight kilometer training run at his base at Bet Lid, in the
Sharon District of central Israel.
The soldier’s family members have
flown from Los Angeles to be at his bedside.
Doctors are keeping him
sedated, and his condition is serious but stable. On Tuesday, doctors
might begin lowering the sedatives.
“He’s a strong guy,” a senior army
source said on Monday evening.
The source said it was heatstroke that led
the soldier to collapse at the end of the drill, adding that inquiries were
According to initial results from an investigation, the heat
index on Sunday morning was at level 3 – a level that allows for non-competitive
physical training for a limited period of time. The inquiry found that the squad
commander who held the run acted in accordance with the army’s health and safety
guidelines for training in hot weather.
A more intensive physical
activity – a physical army examination drill – was cancelled at the base on the
At 9:04 a.m., the team went out on a training run, and
completed it at 9:51, according to the army’s initial investigation.
didn’t display any unusual behavior before collapsing,” the source
“In the second half of the run, the squad commander decreased the
pace twice, because of the heat,” the source added.
But the soldiers had
to sprint for the last 100 meters of the run, and immediately afterwards, the
The squad commander ordered two fellow soldiers to
place him under a cold shower immediately, and to give him water to drink. The
soldier remained conscious but was dazed, the source said. He was then evacuated
to the infirmary, treated with ice to bring down his body temperature, and put
intravenous fluids, before being taken to the hospital.
the treatment he received until the hospital evacuation. Initial checks
show that the treatment was appropriate and helped the soldier reach a hospital
in a better condition,” the source said, adding, “We’re caring for his family in
“The squad commander cancelled three runs [this summer] because
of heat,” the source said.