Ambulance Is Israel-Bound, Will Help Country’s COVID-19 Fight
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Magen David Adom Verbatim Advisory) — Like much of the world, Israel is in the throes of the pandemic, with more than 300,000 Israelis sick so far and nearly 2,500 deaths, a high toll for a country of just more than 9 million people.
But additional help is on the way from Boca Raton, as a local family recently sponsored a life support ambulance that will soon be on its way to help Israel’s EMS service deal with Covid patients and other issues unique to Israel, such as responding to terror and rocket attacks.
The vehicle, which was manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana, for Israel’s national emergency medical service, Magen David Adom, was driven to Boca Raton for a dedication ceremony Monday, October 19, with the Waltuch Family, who sponsored the ambulance. The vehicle will board a freighter in Jacksonville and be shipped to Israel, where it will be stocked with medical supplies and equipment and be used to save lives there.
“Our connection to Israel is deeply rooted in our family history, and in honor of our son, Randy, and the Waltuch family, we felt compelled to do something special for the State of Israel,” said Norton Waltuch, a retired futures trader from New Jersey.
“We’re incredibly appreciative of the Waltuch Family’s generosity in sponsoring this life-support ambulance for the people of Israel,” said Chris Snyder, a development executive with American Friends of Magen David Adom, the U.S.-based affiliate of the Israeli EMS organization. “It’s with their kindness that we can fulfill our mission of saving lives in Israel. This vehicle will enable our EMT colleagues in Israel to truly make a difference in the lives of Israelis, whether it’s treating a Covid patient, someone injured in a terror attack, or one of the hundreds of babies born on our ambulances every year.”
In addition to serving as Israel’s national EMS organization, Magen David Adom operates the state’s blood services and is the country’s affiliate to the International Red Cross. In that capacity, MDA not only collects, safety-tests, and supplies virtually all the blood for Israel’s hospitals, it’s now collecting plasma from recovered Covid patients to provide potentially lifesaving antibodies for people critically ill with the disease.
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