Magen David Adom was the first on the scene at Jerusalem’s Armon Hatnaziv promenade on Sunday, swiftly treating and evacuating victims of the terrorist truck ramming attack that killed four young Israel Defense Forces soldiers.
Within minutes of the attack, MDA paramedics and EMTs — arriving on ambulances, Mobile Intensive Care Units, and Medicycles — had reached the scene. And while attacks like these have been less frequent in the past few months, MDA first responders were prepared for the horror of the situation.
“When we first arrived, there was chaos,” said MDA paramedic Chen Lendi Sharon. “On the grass near the road, 10 people were trapped. We provided medical treatment and evacuated the injured.”
Another MDA paramedic, Aron Adler, said he victims suffered from a variety of injuries. “Our treatment included hemorrhage control, immobilization of fractures, and wound dressing.”
MDA evacuated 13 wounded Israelis — all young people in their 20s — to area hospitals and provided 42 blood units and components. Three of the victims suffered from severe head and limb injuries. Fifteen of the ambulances that rushed to the scene of the attack were sponsored by American donors.
The four Israelis killed were: Erez Orbach, 20; Yael Yekutiel, 20; Shir Hajaja, 22; and Shira Tzur, 20.
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