In cooperation with the Red Crescent and MDA, IAF rescue a boy severely injured in a car accident and rush him to nearby Israeli hospital
Date: 13/11/2011, 10:41 AM Author: IAF Website
An IAF helicopter rescued a 12 year old Palestinian boy that was injured in a hit-and-run car accident in the Jericho area and rushed him to the nearby Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
“Initial reports were of a boy injured in Jericho,” said the helicopter pilot, Maj. A. “At the time, we didn’t know if the boy was Israeli or Palestinian, and of what exactly he was injured. We immediately took off with the helicopter towards the site of the incident.”
The IDF (Zahal) operates to rescue people in Palestinian areas on a regular basis. “The IDF (Zahal) and the other life saving bodies are blind to race, religion and background,” explained Maj. A, “the value of human life comes first.”
At first a Red Crescent medical team arrived at the scene giving the boy initial treatment. Then the Israeli Red Star of David (MDA) crew arrived accompanied by IDF (Zahal) soldiers and a military doctor from the region. After treating and stabilizing the boy, a helicopter arrived with a doctor from the elite IDF (Zahal) rescue unit 699.
“When we arrived we saw the boy lying in an MDA ambulance, suffering from a serious head injury and broken ribs impeding his breathing. His life was endangered and we had to stabilize him before boarding the chopper,” said Col. Dr. Ronni Arnon.
“Once we understood the severity of his condition, we decided that we need to do anything we can to bring to a hospital as quickly as possible,” added Maj. A. “To save time, we approached the incident as much as we could. We landed moments before the ambulance reached the area.”
After landing, the team rushed the boy to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital where he underwent a series of surgeries. “The boy’s condition is still considered drastic, since his injuries were severe,” said Col. Dr. Arnon who checked in with the hospital every few hours. “Several different bodies flawlessly cooperated to try and save this boy and we hope that he will get well soon.”