IDF paramedics save life of Palestinian woman

Palestinian previously treated by IDF (Zahal) soldiers

One of many Palestinian civilians treated by soldiers stationed in Judea and Samaria, “The IDF (Zahal) trains us to provide medical care to whoever needs it”

Date: 02/05/2012, 2:28 PM     Author: Daniel Temkin

A staff of IDF (Zahal) paramedics provided emergency medical care to a 30-year-old Palestinian woman late last Friday morning (April 27), saving her life.

IDF (Zahal) paramedics in Judea and Samaria are prepared and equipped to treat Palestinians as well as Israelis. “And because the Palestinians know this, they often rely on it. This isn’t the first time that a vehicle has reached this base” so that a passenger could receive medical attention, explained Sgt. (res.) Tom Tzarfati, one of the paramedics who treated the woman last Friday. “The IDF (Zahal) trains us to provide medical care to whoever needs it. It doesn’t matter whether they’re soldiers, civilians, Palestinians – if they need medical care, we provide that care.”

Paramedic Sgt. Tzarfati was on call at an IDF (Zahal) base in the Samaria region when a car approached the base’s front gate around 11:30 a.m. Inside the vehicle was a 30-year-old Palestinian woman who was unconscious and experiencing a seizure, accompanied by her family.

Sgt. Tzarfati, who completed his regular military service two years ago, did not hesitate to act. “This is exactly what we were trained for. This is what we know how to do,” he recounted.

Sgt. Tzarfati alerted three other army medics, who quickly joined him. The paramedics called for an ambulance, but they realized they did not have the luxury of waiting for its arrival. In the mean time, they rushed the woman to the base’s infirmary, where they examined her and provided first aid treatment. The paramedics also checked her medical history, seeking to determine the cause of the seizure.

A Magen David Adom (Israel’s emergency medical services) ambulance soon arrived to transport the patient for further medical care at an Israeli hospital. At her family’s request, she was evacuated to Tel Hashomer Hospital in central Israel. Sgt. Tzarfati accompanied her in the ambulance. She received further medical care at the hospital.