Kaplan doctor 311.
(photo credit: Kaplan Medical Center)
The head of the emergency room at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot was on a
flight from Israel to China via Uzbekistan when a 53-year-old man felt unwell
and had a heart attack. The experienced urgent-care physician, Dr. Yael Dinai,
resuscitated the man and ordered the pilot of flight HY505 of Uzbekistan Airways
to land and take Gedera resident Zevulun Shalom to the nearest hospital in
Dinai, a physician for 37 years, sat a few seats from the man
and, 20 minutes after the stopover in Tashkent, was awakened from sleep by Ellie
Limor, an emergency-room staffer from Kaplan, and saw he was covered with a cold
sweat. He then lost consciousness.
After initial treatment at the foreign
hospital where he was stabilized, Shalom was flown to Kaplan to undergo
Now in good condition, he met Dinai on Sunday and thanked
her profusely. He said if she had not been on the flight, treated him and given
orders to the pilot, the plane would have landed in China.
drama took place two weeks ago.
Dr. Gera Gendelman, a senior cardiologist
at the Rehovot hospital, said if air travelers feel a cold sweat, rapid
heartbeat or fainting, they should ask if there is a physician on the
Heart patients must board the plane with a bag containing the
heart medication they take regularly. They are advised not to eat a heavy meal
four to six hours before the flight. If it is a long flight, walk around at
least twice to improve blood circulation in the legs. Make sure not to smoke
upon entering the plane, and don’t lug heavy suitcases in the airport.