Senior MDA official in North dies after bike accident

MDA deputy director Meir Vanisch had been critically injured in a bicycle accident after working a night shift in Nesher.

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October 22, 2011 22:14
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Meir Vanisch

MEIR VANISCH 311. (photo credit: Courtesy of MDA)

 
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Meir Vanisch, deputy director of Magen David Adom’s Carmel region, died over the weekend after being critically injured in a bicycle accident.

A few hours before he was injured, Vanisch completed night duty in an MDA intensive care unit in Nesher. No details on how he was injured were given.

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An MDA team was alerted to the accident at the foot of Mount Atzmon in the Galilee on Thursday, where they found Vanisch unconscious and suffering from a severe head injury.

After initial treatment, Vanisch was rushed by helicopter to Rambam Medical Center, where he died.

The 53-year-old Vanisch, who was born in Morocco and immigrated from Marseille in 1974, leaves a wife and three children.

In 1977, he joined the IDF and worked as a battlefield medic and instructor in its school for medical professions.

Three years later, he joined MDA as an instructor, medic and ambulance driver out of the Nahariya MDA station.

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When he finished a paramedics course, Vanisch was put in charge of the station.

He rose in the ranks in management in the Carmel region, while continuing to serve as a paramedic and volunteering as a paramedic on IDF reserve duty in the Israel Air Force. Vanisch also earned a business administration degree at the University of Haifa.

MDA director-general Eli Bin praised Vanisch for his dedication to lifesaving throughout his career and canceled festivities due to take place in the Carmel for donors from abroad.

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