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‘I was so excited after the CPR that I went home and woke up my wife, and told her that I saved a Jewish woman’s life,’ said Muslim United Hatzalah paramedic Baha Sader

By ILANIT CHERNICK

In a heroic act, Muslim and Jewish paramedics from United Hatzlah worked together to save the life of a Jewish woman in Pisgat Zeev, Jerusalem.

On Sunday night, as the couple was going to sleep when a husband noticed that his wife’s breathing become erratic, unresponsive and soon after stopped breathing altogether. 

The husband’s oldest child came in to help and he started doing CPR, while their other children called for help.

United Hatzalah volunteers from the Muslim Chapter of east Jerusalem, Baha Sader, his cousin Mahmoud Sader, and Mohammad Aldawda, had been treating someone nearby when they received the call and headed straight for the scene, arriving in just three minutes and began to administer life-saving measures.

Sader said that they had just finished treating an overdose patient “when the alert came in about an unconscious person a few streets away in Pisgat Zeev. We all got in one car and raced over.”

Minutes later three Jewish paramedics from United Hatzalah arrived at the scene to assist, as well as an ambulance.

One of the members, regional paramedic Yonatan Rosenfeld, saw that the woman was responding to the treatment and told the team to stop CPR efforts so that he could check for a pulse. 

In a miraculous save and thanks to the conjoint efforts of the Muslim and Jewish teams, she began breathing on her own and was transported to the hospital.

Sader stressed that although he is Muslim and the patient was Jewish he helps “everyone in need regardless of who they are.”
“I live in the refugee camp in Shuafat, and I am always in and out helping people both in Shuafat and in Pisgat Zeev and wherever I happen to be,” he explained, adding that he was so excited to have saved a Jewish woman’s life. 

“I was so excited after the CPR that I went home and woke up my wife, and told her that I saved a Jewish woman’s life,” he said. “I was brimming over with so much joy I just had to share it… There are sad moments and joyous moments, and saving a life like this is one of the most joyous.” 

Sader highlighted that “those who live near me know who I am and what I do and they respect me and are proud of me. My family is as well.”

Concluding, he said that “there is no greater purpose [in life] than when you help another person.”

**Photo Credit: United Hatzalah

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