United Hatzalah president Eli Beer_390.
(photo credit: Untied Hatzalah)
Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail kept United Hatzalah (UH) founder and
president Eli Beer from his appointed rounds rescuing people in trouble on
Beer was rushing to an emergency call at a special-needs daycare
center in Jerusalem’s Ramot quarter, where there was an unconscious toddler,
when he missed a step and twisted his leg. He managed to get to his car, drive
to the emergency, join three other UH medics already on the scene and wait for
the ambulance to evacuate the toddler.
The 16-month-old child had turned
blue and was in critical respiratory distress and suffering from febrile
seizures. He was given oxygen, intravenous fluids and medications and is doing
well; the UH team, including Beer, saved his life.
After the boy was
cared for, Beer called for a UH ambulance to evacuate him, but on the way, there
was an accident involving two vehicles that collided on nearby Route 443.
Instead of going for treatment, Beer insisted that the driver take him to the
scene of the crash, which involved three victims.
One was treated while
still trapped in his vehicle but all were eventually extricated, treated and
evacuated with only minor injuries. The UH crew returned to its patient but
clearly suffering boss.
Beer’s ankle had ballooned to twice its normal
size and any movement caused significant pain. The team cushioned his ankle in a
pillow and transported him to the orthopedic ward at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek
Orthopedic specialist Dr. Michael Herman said he
was shocked to see that his most recent patient was head of the organization
with which he volunteers. He diagnosed a serious sprained ankle, sent Beer to
get a cast and prescribed 10 days off his feet.
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