MDA delivers 100 blood units and plasma to Peru in order to save Israeli traveller’s life

February 17, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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During the past week, Magen David Adom, with the coordination of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has flown blood units to Lima, Peru in order to save the life of Zohar Katz, an Israeli traveller who is hospitalised there in severe condition.

The hospital in Peru gave the green light to embark on the journey. MDA paramedic Yonat Daskal took 100 blood units and plasma and will be joining a senior MDA haematologist who arrived there yesterday.

As soon as MDA became aware of her situation, the traveller’s family was contacted and were linked  Prof. Eilat Shinar, Director of Blood Services at MDA, with the doctors in Peru in order to receive the relevant authorisations to deliver the blood. Since, MDA has been preparing dozens of blood components and packing them in the proper manner in order for them to remain in the suitable temperature.

The final authorisations were received and Daskal is currently on her way to Peru with the blood units and components. Hopefully, these units will help stabilise Zohar’s condition, allowing an MDA delegation to bring her back to Israel, for further treatment.

MDA Director General, Eli Bin: “During the past few days, we have been running an intricate operation against the clock, with the help of our haematologist in Lima. This was a complicated process which required many approvals and authorisations, and we are glad to have gotten the green light. The MDA doctor and paramedic who have been sent to Peru are doing everything in their power to look after Zohar. We all hope that this will assist in stabilising her condition, and eventually in bringing her back home. MDA will continue to do anything possible to save human lives- in Israel and across the world”.

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