Dear Mr. and Mrs. Morgenstern,
My name is Benzion Novack. I am a volunteer
paramedic for Hatzalah B'Ramah, in Ramat Beit Shemesh. The ambulance
that you donated
to our community in memory of your daughter, Nancy, has had
a tremendous impact on the entire area. It is the only ambulance
in Ramat Beit Shemesh. I would like to share with you just
a few stories that come to mind. I was personally involved
in each of these stories, and they all occurred in the last
- One night, close to midnight,
I got a call from a mother who was frantic. Her three-week
old baby daughter, Ayala, had stopped
breathing and had turned blue. I immediately called two other
volunteer paramedics who live on her block.Tthey got to the
baby — in
their pajamas — within one minute. I hopped into the
ambulance and was there within 3 minutes. The two other paramedics
administrating CPR, and I brought life-saving equipment from
the ambulance, including an oxygen tank. Ayala, thank G-d,
survived and is well. The closest other ambulance in the area
was at least ten minutes away. We saved Ayala's life.
- There was a young woman who was having contractions ten minutes
apart. The closest hospital is about 45 minutes away. We took
her in the ambulance. On the highway, the baby started to come.
When we delivered the baby, the cord was wrapped around his
neck twice, very tightly. The baby was blue and could not breathe.
Had the mother taken a cab to the hospital, I have great doubts
whether her baby boy would have survived. Not to mention the
damage it could have caused the mother.
- A 45 year old woman from Moshav Aderet (near Ramat
Beit Shemesh) was riding a horse alone in the mountains. Somehow,
she got thrown
from the horse. She got a major cut on her head, 10 to
12 centimeters long and very deep. She was bleeding profusely.
She somehow managed
to walk about a kilometer to the main road where someone
called the ambulance. We bandaged her, gave her an IV, and
to the shock trauma unit of Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.
She had suffered a concussion and received 17 stitches. She
us for saving her life.
- A woman was boiling hot water for coffee. Somehow, the steaming
hot water spilled all over her one and a half year old
baby boy's chest and stomach. We got to them within two minutes. The baby
and mother were both screaming hysterically. The baby
had a second-degree burn. We used a special gel we keep in the ambulance to
burns and wrapped it up on his chest and stomach. In
we calmed the mother down and told her to quickly get
dressed to go with us to the hospital. In the ambulance, we gave
the baby toys to play with,which greatly calmed him down. (We keep
toys in the ambulance because there are so many children
in the area; we treat many children and the toys really help). We arrived
quickly at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. The doctor
there told me that had we not given him such quick treatment and had we
not gotten him to the hospital so fast, the burn would
have been 60-70% worse than it was and his recovery would have been so
much more lengthy and painful.
These stories happen all the time. Thank
you for your generosity. Your ambulance has really made a difference
to us. May Nancy's
memory be blessed and may you know no more sorrow.