Israeli Medic on Tour in Morocco Saves Life of Arab Girl

[ Jerusalem Post] Judy Siegel-Itzkovich - Against the advice of the security guard, Israeli tour guide and medic Rachamim Amos left a bus traveling through Morocco's Sahara Desert to aid a turban-wrapped figure who emerged from the desert begging in Arabic for help. Amos, fluent in Arabic, followed the man hundreds of meters into the desert to a mangled jeep with a wounded child, her clothing soaked with blood. The Israeli medic diagnosed an open fracture at the femur complicated by a rupture of the femoral artery. He staunched the bleeding, stabilized the fracture, and advised the father how to maintain pressure on the artery for the four-hour ride to the nearest hospital. The next day at the hospital he was greeted by shouts: "Here is the Jewish doctor!" The tearful father hugged him and kissed him on both cheeks. The doctors confirmed that without his timely intervention, the girl would have died.

2008-07-02 01:00:00

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