Israeli-Muslim United Hatzalah paramedics respond to accident hours before their wedding
Despite being in their wedding outfits, the couple attended to a 9-year-old–boy injured in the car accident
By ILANIT CHERNICK
Just hours before their wedding, Muslim bride and groom Nour Abu Asi and Mohamed Byadsi, who are United Hatzalah paramedics, heroically stopped to attend to a car accident despite being in their wedding attire.
The two were driving back from taking pre-wedding photos outside of their hometown of Jatt, an Arab-Israeli town near Haifa when they noticed the accident, which involved a young boy on his bicycle and a truck
According to United Hatzalah, the two “didn’t hesitate to stop by the accident and provide emergency medical treatment to the injured nine-year-old boy.”
Byadsi explained that the boy was riding his bicycle when “he suddenly swerved and hit the truck causing himself to sustain some serious” cuts and bruises.
“I didn’t think twice, as I pulled the car over,” he said. “Nour and I both got out in our wedding attire and rushed over to assist the young boy while we called United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center and requested additional volunteers and an ambulance. Our wedding activities would be put on hold for a while as this boy needed our help.”
Abu Asi, who is also a nurse in Tel HaShomer Hospital, bandaged the boy’s hands while her husband-to-be checked the boy’s vital signs and took the boy’s history.
“The boy was crying and we tried to comfort him while we bandaged up his wounds. He was scared and so we asked the dispatcher to try to get in touch with his parents while we treated him,” Abu Asi added.
The boy’s parents arrived at the scene and took the young boy to a nearby hospital on their own. After treating the young patient the couple got back into their car and headed to their wedding.
Reflecting back on the incident, Byadsi said that wherever he goes and whatever he’s doing, “I feel a sense of responsibility to help others because I have the training and ability to do so.”
“Wearing my wedding suit, in the middle of my wedding day, that is when God decides to test me and see if I will still live up to my responsibility of helping others,” he said. “Of course I decided to stop the car and help. What else can a volunteer EMT do on his own wedding day? What better way to celebrate than by helping others?”
Concluding, he said that “Nour and I didn’t even think twice, we jumped at the opportunity to help. I am thankful that we passed this first test of our marriage together and we helped another person while doing so.”