EMS volunteer saves traveler's life at departure gate

Volunteer successfully revives traveler who suffered heart attack at Ben Gurion Airport.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Ambucycle at Ben Gurion Airport
Ambucycle at Ben Gurion Airport
United Hatzalah

Early on Thursday morning, a man in his fifties traveling to Ben Gurion International Airport suffered a heart attack right outside the front gate to the departures lounge.

Together with the airport's medical team, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Yoni Uziyahu began performing CPR and succeeded in reviving the man.

Uziyahu, who lives in Bat Yam, is a supplier for some of the coffee shops and duty-free stores in the airport. On Thursday morning, he had been at the airport for business reasons.

“I am so full of positive energy right now that I am literally shaking,” Uziyahu said. “There is no better feeling in the world than starting off your day by saving someone’s life.”

“That is what United Hatzalah is about - taking volunteers who are going about their daily lives, giving us the training and the equipment we need to save a life and getting us the information that someone needs help nearby. Due to all of these factors combined we saved this man’s life today.”

Uziyahu said that he received the call via the emergency medical application on his phone which notified him about the emergency. He told the dispatch center that he was en route to the spot of the emergency and arrived in less than three minutes from the time that the heart attack occurred.

“It is not a question of being in the right place at the right time. I wasn’t doing anything special, I was doing my job and the emergency occurred,” he said.

United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer commended Uziyahu and the other responders for their quick response and successful resuscitation.

“This is the beauty of what our volunteers do,” Beer said. “They are trained and know how to help people who need that help right next to them. They are notified about the problem, drop whatever they are doing, rush out to the victim, arrive in the fastest time possible and help them.

“That is what makes all of the United Hatzalah volunteers so amazing.”

The patient, however, did not make his flight. He woke up after receiving one shock from the defibrillator the patient revived and was then transported in stable condition to the nearest hospital.