Weather keeps medical emergency services busy

MDA rushes several women to hospitals to give birth; others give birth at home as no time to get them there via ambulance.

January 11, 2013 04:12
1 minute read.
Ambulance in slush-covered streets of Safed

Ambulance drives through slush-covered streets of Safed 370. (photo credit: Courtesy Magen David Adom)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Although shopping and public transportation in Jerusalem and other hilly areas dropped as far below normal as the temperatures on Thursday, health services still continued to function.

The voluntary organization Yad Sarah took patients for chemotherapy, dialysis, elective surgery and fertility treatment for over 13 hours with their Nechonit vans and other vehicles supplied with snow chains. Volunteers also took brides to salons to prepare for their weddings.

Jacques Meir, an 89-year-old Yad Sarah volunteer who lends out medical equipment, showed up for duty as usual. Among those to receive crutches were people who fell down in the snow. Oxygen balloons were brought to the homes of people with respiratory problems, and patients around the country kept in touch with the Jerusalem headquarters thanks to their emergency beepers.

Magen David Adom said that it rushed several women to hospitals to give birth, while a handful of women gave birth at home because there was no time to get them there via ambulance.

One was a 33-year-old Safed woman who gave birth easily to a healthy girl and was taken to Ziv Hospital by ambulance afterward.

Rivka Neuman, a 77-year-old Ashdod woman, was brought to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot after the wind blew her into the air and she fell, breaking her left hip. She was due to undergo surgery to repair the fracture.

The woman, who immigrated from Romania in 1947, said she had never experienced such wind and such a fall.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Weizmann scientists bring nature back to artificially selected lab mice