15-Year-Old Holon Resident Saves Neighbor’s Baby

Jerusalem, October 2nd, 2018 – The fifteen-year-old son of a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT saved the life of an eight-month-old baby on Monday evening in Holon.
The baby had swallowed a foreign object which got stuck in its throat and was causing an obstruction in its airway. It was having severe difficulty breathing. The worried parents ran the baby to their neighbor’s house, the home of Rabbi Nir Dorfman, a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT.

Dorfman was abroad performing circumcisions in Spain and Russia. However, all was not lost. Dorfman’s son, Netanel, took matters into his own hands in an attempt to save the baby’s life.

Netanel took hold of the choking infant, and following emergency medical service protocol turned it over on its stomach and began performing measured back slaps between the infant’s shoulders. Netanel asked those around him to call United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center in order to request that EMS teams be rushed over to assist.

The first responder arrived in just over 60 seconds to the house. However, the only thing left for him to do was to calm down the parents and wait for the ambulance, as Netanel had succeeded in extricating the foreign object from the baby’s mouth. Netanel had saved the baby before the first EMT arrived. He had learned what to do from taking a Family Saftey course offered by United Hatzalah in his community.

Netanel’s father was contacted abroad and told of the heroic rescue that his son performed. He said in response: “When I heard about how my son saved our neighbor’s baby tonight I was very moved. Here I am, an active volunteer in the organization’s network of first responders and I give Family Safety classes now and then in our community and to my family.

The classes teach the basic procedures of how to begin providing first aid and save a life in certain situations, such as choking and CPR. I was overjoyed to hear that my son carried out the procedures needed to save this baby in a proper fashion and that he was successful in saving the baby. May all emergencies turn out with such success. I am incredibly proud of Netanel.”

The President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer said: “It is stories such as this that prove the importance of our community projects such as the Family Safety course. People who need help shouldn’t have to wait for an ambulance or even a first responder. Everyone should know what to do in a situation like this, just like Netanel did.

If people know what to do, they will not freeze but act as the heroic Netanel did and more lives can be saved. I want to thank Netanel for his actions and I hope that when he is old enough, he will follow in his father’s footsteps and become an active volunteer. It is our goal to make sure that there are people who know what to do and will respond to emergencies in every community in Israel.”

Media contact: Raphael Poch, International Media Spokesperson, United Hatzalah, Jerusalem Cell: +972-52-689-7624; U.S.Number: 516-340-3764 e-mail: raphaelp@israelrescue.org

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