Nadav Ben-Yehuda, the Mount Everest climber who saved the life of a Turkish
friend on the verge of death last week, will receive the Medal of Honor at
President Shimon Peres’s residence next month.
Ben-Yehuda was only about
250 meters away from Everest’s summit when he saw his friend, Aydin Irmak,
appearing near death on the frozen ground, and instead of continuing on, carried
Irmak over his shoulder for about eight hours.
Having written on his
Facebook profile that his health condition was worsening on Thursday and he
needed to hasten his return to Israel, Ben- Yehuda landed in the country on
He wrote that he was immediately transferred to inpatient care
at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin on Saturday, noting that in recent
days he was “wrapped in sympathy and love from all edges of Israel and
especially from the nearby surroundings.”
Ben-Yehuda also noted on
Facebook that he was admittedly “embarrassed and didn’t really know how to grasp
all this good,” but promised to respond to everyone in the near future.