Boy saves dad's life with help of MDA

16-year-old receives instructions over the phone on how to perform CPR on his unconscious father.

cpr man 88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
cpr man 88
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A 16-year-old boy saved the life of his 50-year-old father, whom he found unconscious and barely breathing on the living room floor. The boy, who lives in Even Yehuda, called Magen David Adom for help and was answered by staffer Ofir Jarmon. Rafi Sheva, a supervisor from the Sharon district, was then called to give the boy instructions on how to perform CPR, while the station's mobile intensive care unit was dispatched to the site. "He was amazingly calm and sounded much older," Rafi said later. "He kept asking me what more he could do to save his father's life. Only when I heard that our paramedic, Hanoch Resnick, had arrived and joined in the resuscitation effort did I stop giving him instructions." On arriving at the scene, Resnick was able to restart the father's heart and stabilize him. The patient and his son were then rushed to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, where the father was reported in serious but stable condition. MDA employees later said the teenager's immediate resuscitation efforts had helped save his father's life and increase his chances for recovery.