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Thanks to the quick intervention of Magen David Adom paramedics, the life of an Australian athlete at the 21st Maccabiah Games was saved today (Sunday).

During a soccer match between Australia and Colombia in the Masters’ Tournament for athletes 55 years of age and over, the MDA team assigned to the match recognized that an athlete from Team Australia was demonstrating unusual body language as he headed toward the bench. By the time he collapsed on the grass, paramedics were performing lifesaving CPR. Within a few minutes, the Australian, 55, was evacuated to Laniado Hospital in Netanya, fully conscious and communicative.

“The player was treated immediately by MDA teams present at the scene before being transported in stable condition and fully conscious to Laniado Hospital,” said organizers of the Maccabiah games. "At the hospital he underwent a series of lifesaving procedures and is recovering in the intensive care unit."