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In Israel, even prime ministers benefit from Magen David Adom

Posted By : Erik Levis January 20, 2016

Shimon-PeresLast Thursday, Shimon Peres, who served as Israel’s president from 2007-2014 and twice as prime minster, called Magen David Adom to transport him to the hospital after waking up with chest pains. MDA paramedics on the scene administered emergency medical care before taking him to Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv. The Nobel Prize winning-Peres underwent a successful cardiac catheterization and is now in stable condition.

Mordechai Shmuel (seated, middle) had a dream of meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (seated, at right) and his wife Sarah (seated, at left). MDA EMTs and paramedics made that dream a reality with the “Wish Ambulance” program.

Mordechai Shmuel (seated, middle) had a dream of meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (seated, at right) and his wife Sarah (seated, at left). MDA EMTs and paramedics made that dream a reality with the “Wish Ambulance” program.

Meanwhile, at nearly the same time, Magen David Adom helped make a lifelong dream come true for 72-year-old Mordechai Shmuel: meet current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah. Shmuel, who has been battling cancer for the last 12 years and needs assistance to move around, was the beneficiary of MDA’s Wish Ambulance program, which helps Israelis with advanced medical needs realize their dreams.

“I am happy to meet you here at the residence, together with your family who support and strengthen you in your difficult battle with the disease,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu. “Thank you for this exciting opportunity to meet you and I wish you good health and better days. Thank you Magen David Adom for saving lives.”

Shmuel, who lives in an assisted living facility in Be’er Sheva, said the meeting was highly emotional.

“I did not imagine that I would be granted this opportunity due to my medical condition, but thanks to the Wish Ambulance and the wonderful people of MDA I was able to come full circle,” he said. “There is no one that is happier than me on this day.”

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