Four years ago, Rafael Yotam Cohen, who has cancer, fulfilled a dream using an MDA Wish Ambulance - and flew in an MDA-Lahak emergency helicopter in the southern skies of the country.
Unfortunately recently, Rafael Yotam's rare illness returned for the third time and to put a smile on his face - MDA fulfilled another dream of sailing a Navy ship!
The new and special WISH ambulance which was generously donated by Magen David Adom Australia fulfilled Rafael Yotam's wish, the first in the new ambulance.
Rafael Yotam's first wish was granted 4 years ago and had an incredibly positive effect on his medical condition, which improved immediately afterwards. Rafael Yotam's mother, Ravit Cohen, decided to take an active part in the fundraising campaign for a new ambulance and even participated in a campaign in Australia.
The Cohen family contacted MDA and told about Rafael Yotam’s wish and the organization immediately joined the mission and worked to make it come true!
About a week ago, Rafael Yotam (7.5), fulfilled his dream.
He arrived in MDA's new Wish Ambulance at the naval base in Ashdod, where officers and fighters of the Navy's Shaldag ship were waiting for him with excitement and special refreshments and surprises. As part of the special day, Rafael Yotam met the soldiers and officers of the navy, received an explanation about the ship and the weapons placed in it and even set sail while sitting in the captain's chair and holding the rudder.
The ambulance, made in Germany by the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter type, includes full intensive care mobile equipment, the first and only electric bed of its kind in Israel adapted for critically ill patients, a special place for attendants and even a special medicine refrigerator. The compartments in the ambulance are hidden, in order to reduce the level of stress among the passengers and simulate normal driving conditions. The ambulance includes a place for the driver, two staff members, a patient and three accompanying family members.
The first wish in the new ambulance was accompanied by paramedics Tomer Bar-Levi and Shachar Hezkelevich and the paramedic Yonat Daskal-Dagan who accompanied Rafael Yotam also on his first wish: "I am doubly excited - both from the fulfillment of Rafael Yotam's wish and the launch of the new ambulance. " When we set out on a journey in Australia, Yotam recovered after the first wish, we were very saddened to hear that he was ill again. We created a special day in order to put a smile on his face, at least for a few moments. I thank the Navy for enlisting in the special mission and we wish him complete recovery and full health."
The captain of the ship, Captain Peleg, who hosted with his soldiers, wished Rafael Yotam health and said: "We are very, very excited and happy that you came to sail with us. Thanks to children like you and your family we do what we do, you give us the strength to keep going, thank you very much."
Ravit Cohen, Rafael Yotam's mother, said: "Already at the fulfillment of the first wish, we became very connected to the MDA family and the staff of the Wishes ambulance - and we remained in close contact. After Rafael Yotam recovered, I flew to Australia to promote donations to MDA's new ambulance and to my delight the donations were successfully raised. We asked him what he would like to do and he answered - to sail a ship. "MDA immediately organized the special day with the Navy, which was charming and extraordinary. The experience was amazing - the soldiers hugged us and were cordial and prepared special gifts for Rafael Yotam. He was happy and excited, and told everyone who het met about the past experience."
On the fulfillment of the special dream, Rafael Yotam concluded: "I had a lot of fun and I want to be a captain now. I wander around the house all day with the flag I received from the soldiers, like Superman. Thank you all."
Magen David Adom Australia's 2021 Appeal aims to raise funds to purchase 2 Bloodmobile Caravan’s for MDA in Israel.
The unique Bloodmobile Caravan’s will be able to reach remote areas and has been adapted for blood and plasma donations. The Caravan is designed to accommodate three blood / plasma donors, a separate room for mandatory check-up and interview of the voluntary donors is also allocated and in order to facilitate the delicate activities, the caravan carry a generator & refrigerators and enables easy public accessibility.
The newly modified caravans will allow MDA Blood Services teams to easily reach small communities such as Bedouin tribes, Northern peripheral communities, and small minority neighbourhoods within major cities thereby significantly increasing the pool of donors available.
Thanks to one incredibly generous donor we have already purchased 1 and with the support of our partners we are on the way to purchasing the 2nd!
In a Special Ceremony in the Presence of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health A Medal of Honor was Awarded to Magen David Adom for its Contribution to the Fight Against the Corona Virus
On Sunday, May 6th, a special ceremony was held to honor the stars of the Israeli health system. In attendance were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of Health, MK Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein. Among the honorees was Magen David Adom.
Eli Bin, MDA's Director General, accepted the award from the Prime Minister and Minister of Health on behalf of the National Emergency Medical and Blood Serivces Organization, which has been at the forefront of the fight against the corona virus since the beginning of the pandemic.
During the Corona pandemic, Magen David Adom operated an extensive national sampling system, set up hundreds of "Drive and Test" complexes throughout the country, operated a call center for the citizens, carried out Operation Magen Avot V’Imaot, operated the home testing system and was at the forefront of the national vaccination campaign. About 700,000 civilians were vaccinated by MDA, also through the organization's vaccine trailer and hundreds of thousands more in cooperation with the HMOs.
The Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to the MDA organization as a token of gratitude for their great contribution to eradicating the outbreak of the pandemic in Israel in recent months. In addition, MDA paramedics performed about 3,000 serology tests during the Corona days and during the entire crisis, 23,589 plasma units were donated to MDA blood services from COVID recovered donors, of which 6,890 doses were given to 3,445 Corona patients in moderate and severe condition (2 doses per patient).
In addition, 32,912 Corona patients were transferred to medical centers. 2,254 homebound people were taken in MDA ambulances for vaccinations and 1,718 civilians were vaccinated in their homes by MDA staff, in collaboration with nurses from HMOs.
At the end of the ceremony, MDA Director General Eli Bin said: "I would like to thank the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health. I am proud of the organization's volunteers and employees from Metula to Eilat. The MDA family has been involved in the crisis since day one and we fought it successfully and with increased and steadfast forces"
Today Israel's National Rescue Organization celebrates 91 years of activity!
For 91 years we have promoted and developed emergency medical services, blood services, and humanitarian activities as we fight to save Israeli lives.
We all work, day in and day out, in any situation, under any circumstance, in routine and emergency, in ups and downs, for people, for the life of each and every one of you, of us.
We are so proud of our organization, which is a symbol of the most important values - saving human lives, helping others, unity, and brotherhood.
Thank you to all the employees and volunteers of the organization dedicated to the present and past, to the founding generation and the future generation, thank you for the privilege of being part of the Magen David Adom.
The last couple of months have pushed MDA to the limit. While responding to every call MDA is always running to save lives while the medical supplies to keep our fleets running needs to be replenished continually. The need for new medical supplies together with the challenge of maintaining blood supply means that we in the diaspora need to stay vigilent and maintain our amazing support of MDA in Israel.
This year our Appeal goes toward the purchase of a second BloodMobile Caravan. We are always looking to maintain funds to purchase medical supplies, so urgently needed at this time in particular, having come out of such a debilitating 10 day war.
Please consider donating to our Annual Appeal by making a tax deductable donation before the end of the financial year.