An Israeli Arab credited MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List- Ta’al) on Monday with
saving his life after he mistakenly dove into shallow water in
As Yediot Aharonot first reported, Fadi Massarwa, 28, broke
vertebrae in his neck and nearly became paralyzed from injuries he sustained
from the dive. His family contacted Tibi, who is their neighbor in the Arab
village Taiba and is also a medical doctor.
The MK, who happened to be
vacationing in Barcelona, made sure Massarwa was treated in a Barcelona hospital
despite not having medical insurance. He also arranged for an Israeli
orthopedist to examine Massarwa.
When the orthopedist insisted that Massarwa
be flown to Israel for surgery lying down, El Al said there were no flights
available. But Tibi had recently passed a bill into law regarding compensation
for passengers for cancellations. El Al found two passengers willing to fly
later and Massarwa compensated them for the price difference for their
Massarwa landed Friday and had surgery at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. He returned home to Taiba on Monday and wrote on Facebook that Tibi had
saved his life.
“We called Ahmed because he is a family friend, and he was
in Barcelona for a soccer game,” Massarwa’s mother Feda told The Jerusalem Post
“He did everything possible to help Fadi, and we are very grateful to him. No
matter where Ahmed goes, he helps everyone, especially if they are from Taiba.
Now are son will be fine, thank God and thanks to Ahmed Tibi.”