Victoria, we hope everyone is enjoying the easing of restrictions. It has been a tough year, especially for us here in Melbourne since June with stage 3 & 4 restrictions in place making life tough for all of us. We hope you are all staying well and safe and continuing to practice social distancing to ensure the safety of everyone.
In Israel the Health Ministry reported Thursday the number of active patients in the country now stands at 11,914, nearly six times lower than the same figure at the start of this month. At least 1,732 of them live in Jerusalem, 552 reside in Tel Aviv and 530 in Bnei Brak.
The number of patients in serious condition now stands at 464, of whom 199 are ventilated. The official death toll has increased to 2,494.
On November 1, Israel is set to reopen schools for grades 1-4 as well as allow "one-on-one" treatments at hair and beauty salons.
Amir Bendel, a zookeeper in the Safari in Ramat Gan, was on a routine visit to the kangaroo yard when he suddenly had a heart attack and collapsed, Thanks to the defibrillator installed at the zoo Amir's life was saved.
These days, when most places are closed, the Safari workers and zookeepers continue to care for the animals despite the lack of visitors. That day started the same as any other, but nearly ended in tragedy.
Amir Bendel, entered the kangaroo yard for routine treatment, but soon felt pain in his chest and collapsed. His co-worker who was standing nearby immediately called Magen David Adom and called Doron Tam, the Operations Manager at the Safari, who has also been a volunteer with MDA for the past eight years.
Doron, a MDA Senior EMT, in addition to being the operations manager at the Safari, is also responsible for the first aid at the zoo. As part of his job, he arranged for two defibrillators to be installed at different locations thoughout the park.
He immediately rushed to the scene with the AED. Doron recounted those first few moments "when we arrived at the compound, we saw Amir on the ground unresponsive. We began CPR and connected the AED, which provided two electrical shocks. Following the second shock, he began the breathe again. We provided him with oxygen, and at the same time an MDA Medi-cycle First Responder and MICU arrived and continued medical treatment. Amir was evacuated in stable condition to Sheba Tel HaShomer Hospital for further treatment."
He adds: "This is the first time I have performed CPR in the Safari and on a co-worker. We have set up a network of medical assistance and I am glad that this enabled us to save his life. Amir came back to visit us and it was very emotional. We are eager to see him return to work and make a full recovery"
Amir recalled that he does not remember anything from the moment of the incident - and two days back. Despite this, he heard about the case from his co-workers and medical staff and was thrilled to discover that thanks to his safari colleagues - his life was miraculously saved.
*If you would like to purchase a defibrillator for the streets of Israel & help save a life please contact the MDA Australia office 🇦🇺 on (03) 92725633*
It’s been a long, hard year for everyone. But hopefully we are now coming out the other side.
Israel posts 577 new coronavirus cases in the last 12 hours. Out of the 17,869 patients currently battling the disease, 580 are hospitalized in serious condition, among them 227 patients on ventilators. Israel’s death toll from the pandemic is now 2319.
In the last week MDA teams have tested 128,824 people and since the start of the pandemic over 2.1 million people have been tested.
MDA blood services continue to collect plasma from those who have recovered from the Coronavirus for the treatment of severely ill patients. To date, those who have recovered from Coronavirus have donated approximately 9,423 plasma units. 2,980 units have been given to 1,490 Coronavirus patients in moderate and severe condition.