MDA has hands full during fast

Staffers and volunteers treated 1,783 people on Yom Kippur.

October 2, 2006 20:29
side of mda ambulance 88

mda 88. (photo credit: )

Magen David Adom staffers and volunteers treated 1,783 people on Yom Kippur who felt ill or were injured. Of these, 65 fainted due to the fast and 12 needed resuscitation. Ninety-eight women in labor were rushed to the hospital, and one woman was helped to deliver her baby at home before the MDA team managed to get her to the delivery room. A total of 195 children were injured on bicycles, skates, rollerblades and skateboards and needed first aid. A total of 23 people were injured in 22 accidents before the beginning of the fast. In Kiryat Motzkin, Netanya and Jerusalem, children and teenagers (not haredim, according to MDA) threw rocks at ambulances or otherwise disturbed them. MDA reminds the public to donate blood, which runs short during holiday vacations. Call 1-800-400-101 for information.

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