Often, when we find ourselves in highly stressful situations the people we interact with don't get the best side of us. It is human nature to react quickly and often to protect one's own interests rather than the interests of someone. This is especially true when it is perceived that the other person has hurt or offended us. The following is a story that inspired me to try and react differently when I find myself in these types of situations. In a highly stressful situation the volunteer EMT in the following story not only stayed to help another person, but the very person who put his wife and unborn child at risk. It is a true case of selflessness and caring for others, and I am proud to be able to wear the same vest as an EMT as Netanel.
The President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said regarding the incident, “It is the selfless commitment of our volunteers that makes our organization stand out. When we arrive at an accident, terror attack, or by the side of an ill person, we are there to treat our own family members, neighbors, or members of our community. And we treat everyone involved no matter who they are or who is at fault. Netanel’s commitment in not only leaving his house at a moment’s notice but also in staying to treat the other driver after his pregnant wife had been transported already, is a perfect example of the dedication of our volunteers. We don’t simply show up to do a job. We do our job because we care, and that means going the extra mile just like Netanel did. We all join the family in rejoicing over the birth of their healthy baby, and on behalf of the organization I wish the whole family a long, happy, and healthy life.”
Netanel Mosai is a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah. He is married with one child, lives in Bnei Brak and works in Rishon Letzion. Recently, one morning, Mosai was abruptly awakened by his United Hatzalah radio that alerted him to a traffic accident on the nearby highway. Still in his pajamas, Netanel grabbed his helmet, rushed outside to his ambucycle and raced to the scene, arriving in mere minutes!
As he approached the scene Mosai immediately recognized one of the cars from the collision as his own. He ran over with his medical kit and found his wife who was in her ninth month of pregnancy in the driver seat. Thankfully, she was not severely injured, but she was clearly shaken. The trunk of the car had been badly dented in what looked to be a rear-end collision.
Netanel assessed his wife and seeing that her condition was stable, reassured and calmed her before running to the other vehicle to assess the status of the elderly woman in the driver's seat. The woman was not significantly injured in the accident, but still, Netanel took her vital signs in order to establish a baseline. For the next 8 minutes, Netanel continued to shuttle between the vehicles, monitoring his wife and the elderly woman until the ambulance arrived.
In a gesture that can only be understood as heroic in the extreme, once Mosai’s wife was cared for and loaded into the ambulance, Mosai remained behind with the second patient, the elderly woman, and continued to monitor her vital signs until another ambulance could arrive to transport her as well. As soon as the woman was no longer in need of assistance, Netanel jumped back on his ambucycle and rushed to the hospital to join his wife.
At the hospital, Mosai was received with respect by the shocked medical staff for going the extra mile and staying to watch over the elderly woman even though his own wife was being admitted. They even respected his commitment to the cause as having performed the entire treatment and arriving at the hospital in his pajamas.
After a full check-up and ultrasound in the hospital, Mosai's wife was discharged with a clean bill of health. Two weeks later, she gave birth to their first-born child who was healthy and neither the mother nor the child suffered any lingering effects from the accident.