Dudi works in a meat factory and lives with his wife and four children in Kiryat Gat. With eight years of experience under his belt, Dudi is one of United Hatzalah of Israel’s busiest volunteers. In addition to his regular EMT duties, Dudi serves as a regional dispatcher and provides real-time Yiddish translations for incoming emergency calls. Dudi has participated in many successful resuscitations where the patients recovered and returned to their normal lives afterwards, a fact which gives him untold satisfaction. Below is but one small example of his many life saving activities.
Dudi received plenty of thanks and handshakes from the patient’s fellow ball players. However, he couldn’t help feeling that despite the ball players’ sincerity, his own gratitude for having had the opportunity to save a life was even greater than theirs.It was 9:00 pm when Dudi was alerted to someone having chest pains at a local gym. He raced to the scene and, upon arrival, several frantic men pointed to their friend at the other side of the basketball court. Realizing the urgency of the situation, Dudi drove his ambucycle through the door and onto the court, where a 40 year-old man lay unconscious. Upon finding no pulse, the experienced medic dropped to the ground, clasped his hands together and began CPR. Two other United Hatzalah volunteers arrived and together they worked over the man’s limp body. Dudi attached defibrillator pads to the man’s bare chest and after a minute a shock was advised. The medics stood back and the man’s body jerked as electricity coursed towards his heart. Shock after shock was advised, until seven shocks were delivered! After thirteen minutes, their efforts paid off and the man’s pulse returned! He even started breathing unaided again. Dudi helped transfer him to the ambulance which had just arrived and the patient was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency catheterization.