Yotam Cohen is fighting leukemia which requires him to spend months on end in the hospital. With every landing and take-off, Yotam eagerly watches the hospital’s helicopter pad from his room. Last week, the Magen David Adom Make a Wish Ambulance, along with a paramedic and EMT, brought Yotam and his family to the airport to make his wish come true.
En route, MDA’s team explained the ambulance’s equipment and medical supplies. When they arrived, Mushon Vaknin, manager of MDA’s Helicopter Unit, briefed the visitors on how to safely board a helicopter and be situated during a flight. Mushon also explained the helicopter systems and presented Yotam with a gift from the crew — a wing-shaped badge that MDA aviation crew members wear.
After everyone was safely seated, Yotam and his father enjoyed a 15-minute helicopter ride.
“We are thankful for MDA and Lahak for making Yotam’s dream come true,” said Ravit Cohen, Yotan’s mother. “Yotam hasn’t stopped telling people about the experience. We are hopeful that his newfound joy reflects in upcoming medical tests and helps him get better.”
“I am glad that Magen David Adom has been able to ease Yotam’s pain, even if it was for just a few hours,” said MDA Director-General Eli Bin. “Yotam’s story is incredibly touching and, unfortunately, it isn’t the only story of its kind. With the understanding that mental health is just as important as physical health, MDA’s Make a Wish Ambulance Initiative was established to fulfill the dreams of critically ill patients. I send my warmest wishes to Yotam and strength to his family.”
The Magen David Adom Wish Ambulance Initiative aims to fulfill the wishes of individuals who face serious or terminal illnesses, or who are not independently mobile. A wish come true is an important triumph for a patient, and it also provides aid and support to the family.
[Photo Credit: Shachar Hezkelevich, Operational Documentation]