Israeli army medics save life of Palestinian attacker with cutting-edge technique

Tapuah Junction

To Israelis life is precious. Including that of enemy combatants.

On the morning of Friday, October 30th, a team of army paramedics was called to the scene of a stabbing attack at Tapuah Junction. They arrived to find the intended victim, a Border Police officer, was uninjured, but one of the attackers was dead, and the other was hemorrhaging, and suffering multiple system failures.

IDF medics

Lt Moshe Cohen’s medical team

The IDF team, led by Lt Moshe Cohen, 23, along with medics from Magen David Adom, immediately set about treating the wounded man. They gave him freeze-dried blood plasma, which enabled him to regain blood pressure and his pulse to return. On the way to the hospital, Cohen’s team again fought to bring the man back to life as his vitals crashed.

To Cohen it is all in a day’s work. He doesn’t think about who the patient is, or what they may have done; for him, the only consideration is saving the life of a human being. He regularly treats Palestinians – civilians and belligerents alike – as is the norm for IDF medical units. In fact, the IDF has a reserves company specifically designated to providing medical care and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population.

My job is to treat. What he did before and what he will do afterwards, that’s not up to me.

This wasn’t the first time, and I assume it won’t be the last time that we treat terrorists. It’s not at all out of the ordinary.
— Lt Moshe Cohen

The plasma is expensive; so much so, that only the IDF has it. Not even Magen David Adom has access to it. This patient was given the very best treatment available, despite having tried to kill an Israeli soldier moments ago.

The treatment itself was pioneered by Israel. Freeze-drying plasma is not a new concept in itself, however, up until 2013, it had only been used in hospitals, never in the field. An Israeli staff sergeant first used it on a Palestinian who had been injured in a car crash, without even realizing he was doing something revolutionary.

Israeli medical advances are for everyone, everywhere.

Times of Israel article


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