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MDA’S Tal Rabin Joins Israeli Humanitarian Aid Mission to Guatemala to Assist Victims of Fuego Volcano Disaster

Posted By : Erik Levis June 7, 2018

Magen David Adom (MDA) Paramedic Tal Rabin has joined an eight-person Israeli humanitarian aid delegation to Guatemala, following the devastation caused by the Fuego Volcano. MDA is Israel’s national EMS and blood-services organization.

Rabin, a paramedic based out of MDA’s Ramat Gan station, has extensive experience dealing with mass-casualty events, including traveling to Nepal as part of MDA’s humanitarian aid delegation following that country’s 2015 earthquake.

To date, the eruption from the Fuego Volcano has killed at least 100, with hundreds still missing. Rabin joins a team of Israeli medical professionals from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Security Council, and Ministry of Health due to arrive in Guatemala Thursday.

“I am proud to be part of an Israeli delegation that is going to assist the wounded in the disaster in Guatemala,” Rabin says. “As a paramedic who loves the field very much, I have a desire to help people in distress. I feel that this is the right thing to do and it is a great privilege to help on this important mission.”

Tal Rabin (second from right), preparing to fly to Guatemala.

In Guatemala, Rabin will help transfer the wounded to hospitals, perform triage, and coordinate activities with the local Red Cross. But unlike her experience in Nepal, where most injuries occurred prior to her arrival, Rabin will treat victims at an active emergency that is still causing injuries.

“In order to prepare as much as possible, I researched pictures and materials online,” she says. “My main desire is to help as much as possible.”

 

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