Jerusalem - Despite Personal Injury, Hatzalah Chief Answers Call
Jerusalem - The chief coordinator and founder of Jerusalemâ€™s United Hatzalah rushed to the scene of a medical emergency this morning, despite suffering a broken leg while answering the call.
Eli Beer was racing down the steps of his own building after receiving a frantic Hatzalah call at 10:13 this morning about an unconscious toddler when he slipped on the rain slicked stairs and fell down eight stairs.
Despite his own agonizing pain, Beer managed to get to his car and drove to the location of the emergency where he assisted three other volunteers who were already on scene.
In an interview that aired on Israeli TV Ch. 2, Beer admitted that driving was difficult but â€ślike a good soldier, he put his injuries aside and went on with his mission.â€ť
Only after the patient had been transported to the hospital did Beer ask one of his fellow EMTs to take a look at his ankle which was extremely swollen and discolored. Beer had ruptured and Torn ankle ligaments.
A second ambulance was called to the scene to take Beer to the hospital when yet another United Hatzalah call came in, informing the volunteers of a nearby multi-vehicle accident. Despite the objections of the ambulance crew chief, Beer insisted that the ambulance that was sent to transport him be sent to the scene of the accident. The ambulance returned for Beer after treating the car crash victims, none of whom were injured seriously and Beer was taken to the hospital where he was treated by orthopedic specialist, Dr. Michael Herman, another United Hatzalah volunteer.
Once his leg had been casted, Beer wheeled himself to the pediatric emergency room in order to check on the toddler he had treated earlier in the day, who was fully awake and alert.
â€śWhen I see the child and he is doing well, I completely forget about my leg,â€ť said Beer.
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