IDF soldiers aid Palestinian man who suffered cardiac arrest

Shimshon Brigade medical officer: We help everybody, both Jews and Palestinians

Date: 22/12/2011, 6:42 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

It was a long night for the medical personnel of the Kfir Brigade’s Shimshon Battalion: Just before 1 a.m., the soldiers received a call from the main gate of their base near Halamish in Binyamin. The on-call team of medics rushed to the gate where they found an unconscious 50-year-old Palestinian man without a pulse, accompanied by family members. There was no time to waste and the medical personnel immediately began to try to revive the man.

“The patient suffered cardiac arrest due to heart problems and his pulse returned after about ten minutes of trying to revive him,” said Lieutenant Dr. Kim Ben Tikva, the medical officer of the Shimshon Brigade.

The Palestinian man was transported to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, breathing with a respirator. It is feared that he suffered brain damage and he is still hospitalized.

“Because of the nature of this sector, we are often called to care for civilians, both Jews and Palestinians, at least two or three times per week,” said Lieutenant Ben Tikva.

Most of the incidents requiring medical assistance are road accidents.

The population of the area knows that IDF (Zahal) soldiers are always ready to help if there is an urgent need for medical care.

“For us, it is very clear that we need to help everybody, no matter if it is a soldier or a Jewish or Palestinian civilian,” Lieutenant Ben Tikva said. “It is part of the principles of the Medical Corps upon which we swore.”