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A 52-year-old man was playing a heated game of tennis at a recreation center in Rehovot on Sunday evening when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. As soon as the man fell to the ground, a doctor who was playing on the same tennis court ran to help him, bringing a defibrillator which was available on site. As he began performing CPR, another man called emergency services for help.
United Hatzalah EMT volunteer Moshe Mizrachi was returning from work and driving through Rehovot at the time of the cardiac arrest. He was alerted by the dispatch and immediately changed course and headed for the recreation center.
Doctor Emmanuel Sira was also driving home from work and instead drove to the scene to help with the emergency.
Emmanuel and Moshe arrived within 3 minutes of receiving the alert. Together they found the group of locals who had gathered around the unconscious man. The two rushed out amid the commotion and took over from the doctor who was performing CPR.
As Dr. Sira replaced the defibrillator with a more advanced heart monitor, the first doctor caught up with him on what had happened. He had administered two shocks with the defibrillator before the United Hatzalah volunteers arrived.
CPR lasted 10 minutes, with 5 shocks delivered in total. After Dr. Sira and Moshe restored the patient’s pulse, the intensive care ambulance arrived and his team continued resuscitation and post-treatment procedures alongside Dr. Sira and Moshe, and other members of the medical personnel who had joined in the effort.
The patient was transported to the emergency room in stable condition. Afterwards, Moshe checked on the patient and provided comments on his condition: “The patient underwent cardiac catheterization which went well, thank God. He returned to full consciousness soon after and even started joking with his doctors. I was delighted to see his improvement and hope he returns to the tennis court soon.
“The most important thing in any case of CPR is immediate resuscitation efforts with CPR,” Dr. Sira said. “As volunteers, we are often not at the exact location of the emergency, but someone is often nearby. Our goal is to arrive quickly to quickly initiate treatment and increase the chances of survival. The fact that the doctor started CPR immediately, along with the advanced defibrillator I brought with me, gave us the best chance of success.
He continued: “Performing CPR on sick or elderly patients, to begin with, is very different from performing resuscitation on someone who has collapsed unexpectedly. This takes it to a whole new level.
Moshe added: “The feeling I get when I help save a life is amazing. Every time I participate in successful CPR, it makes me want to keep going and save more lives. »