Or works as a data security consultant who lives with his wife and two children in Shoham. As a former IDF combat medic, Or was looking for a way to use his medical skill for the benefit of others, but without having to commit to long ambulance shifts. When he heard about United Hatzalah he knew he had hit the jackpot. Or readily signed on the dotted line and began his second career as a volunteer medic. Now, with no commitment of specific times, (aside from 24/7) Or is racing to emergencies, be it from the office, home, supermarket or bank. For this idealistic individual, he is having his cake and eating it too. Or’s wife is extremely supportive, always urging him to go out and save lives.
One story that sticks out in Or’s mind occurred when he was driving way home and came upon a traffic accident. Quickly jumping out of his car, Or approached the accident scene, medical kit in hand. He found a woman just sitting behind the wheel and crying. As he began examining her, she told him that she had just found out that day that she was pregnant and was extremely worried about her unborn child. The experienced medic quickly saw that the main treatment needed here was to calm her down and reassure her. The woman’s medical condition seemed fine, but she was emotionally very distressed. The caring medic gently spoke to her, explaining that her baby was well protected inside her body, and in all likelihood was fine. Or advised her that to be sure, she should go to the hospital and undergo some routine tests and scans. He stayed by her side until the ambulance arrived, briefed the crew and helped her board the vehicle, wishing her well as she got in.
A few days later, Or received a heartfelt message from the woman for what he had done. The woman stressed that just the fact that he waited with her and calmed her nerves until the ambulance arrived, meant so much to her. Or said that he learned an important lesson from the incident, “Responding to the patients, listening and interacting with them, can be just as important as the treatment itself. A patient who feels that they are being listened to is a more stable patient and more likely to recover quickly.”