Magen David Adom to the rescue…in India

September 24, 2019 by Zaki Heler
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During a bus ride to a village on holiday in northern India, the driver abruptly stopped, and Magen David Adom EMT Daniela Yardeni immediately got off to see what was happening. Metres away, a truck had collided with a 50-year-old Australian motorcyclist. Daniela did not hesitate, and immediately took command of the incident.

Daniela Yardeni

Daniela (25) is from Rehovot is an EMT where she works at MDA’s 101 Emergency Call Centre performed medical examinations and saw that the injured person was semi-conscious and had significant injuries. She made sure an ambulance was called and realized that it would take a long time for it to arrive. When she realized that this was truly a life or death situation, she placed a video call to her co-workers at MDA’s Medical Dispatch Center. While accompanying her on a video call from Israel, seeing the scene of the accident and the injured person’s condition, Daniela continued to perform medical examinations and provide him with treatment while the citizens helping and following her instructions, in order to save the life of the motorcyclist.

Only a very long time later, an ambulance arrived, but even then Daniela did not leave the injured and assisted with the evacuation to the hospital, which is about an hour’s drive away. The family and friends of the motorcyclist thanked Daniela personally and paid tribute to her efforts to save their loved one’s life.


Daniela in uniform

Daniela Yardeni said: “I have been an MDA volunteer since the age of 15, and I have held various positions in the field and at the 101 Dispatch Center. This case illustrates to me how much medical training and experience I have gained as a medic follows me everywhere, and that I will always do everything I can to help the sick and injured and save lives, anywhere in the world and any time. As with my work at MDA in Israel, the determination to save lives increases every emotion in real-time. It was only when I left the hospital, on my way to where I was staying, that I began to process the situation, and I was excited by the fact that Israelis in the country at the other end of the world were able to save lives.”


“I have no doubt that every Israeli who was in the situation would do whatever he could to help.” Shlomo Zoller is a senior paramedic at MDA Medical Dispatch Center, who, along with paramedics Osama Abu Moch and Daniel Pollak, assisted Daniela, thousands of miles away. “It’s very exciting to know that you have the ability to help save the lives of an injured person on the other side of the world. Daniela herself impressed us, and we were happy to advise and help her.

We all attributed importance to the condition of the injured person, just as we would fight for the life of an injured person in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Taibeh or Yokneam.” said senior paramedic Shlomo Zoler  at the MDA Dispatch Center

MDA Director General Eli Bin commented: “The desire to save lives is inherent to MDA medics and paramedics, wherever they are, and at any time. Daniela represented the State of Israel, as she performed impressively, devotedly and professionally. While on a private trip to India, Daniela didn’t think twice and did everything she could to save a wounded person’s life. All this, while using the technologies we use in MDA, such as the video call, through which you can see the situation of the scene and assess the condition of the injured person, even from the other side of the world.”


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