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The Edge Of Heaven

Working As A Team To Save a Life

Pniel next to his vehicle and medical bag

On Tuesday afternoon, just after 3 p.m., United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Pniel Busqila was running a few errands in a mall in Beer Sheva. As he prepared to head back home to the southern town of Netivot, Pniel’s emergency communications device began to sound, alerting him to a medical emergency nearby. Pniel quickly ran to his car and notified dispatch that he was on his way.

An 80-year-old woman had collapsed in her home two minutes away from Pniel’s location and an ambulance that happened to be right nearby arrived at the scene just before Pniel did. Once the ambulance team recognized that the elderly woman was in cardiac arrest, the team requested additional medical help.

Pniel arrived and joined in their CPR efforts, starting with compressions. The relieved ambulance EMT then opened an IV for the patient. The medical team together administered multiple rounds of chest compressions and assisted ventilation. Additional EMTs arrived at the scene to join the efforts of resuscitating the elderly woman.

After twenty strenuous minutes of CPR, the woman’s pulse had returned. Additionally, the woman’s blood pressure improved and was stabilized by the time the mobile intensive care ambulance arrived at the scene.

The woman was then transported to Soroka Hospital for further care and observation with a stable pulse. Pniel and the ambulance team parted ways after successfully resuscitating the 80-year-old woman and saving her life.

“I was very fortunate to be in the Beer Sheva mall at the time of the call,” said Pniel. “Because of that, I was able to participate in saving a life. I cannot take full credit for the CPR, it was truly a team effort. The cooperation and teamwork allowed us to work professionally and achieve positive results. I am honored that I was part of such an ensemble because saving a life is one of the greatest things one can experience.”