An amazing example of hashgacha pratis was demonstrated when a Magen David Adom (MDA) medic arrived to treat a motorcyclist for a minor leg injury in a traffic accident and ended up saving the life of a baby who had stopped breathing.
“When I arrived I began to provide treatment for the motorcyclist. A man came running from the house in front of us with an unconscious baby of about one year and three months [of age]. It turned out that the baby, Nuya Hallel… was choking on a piece of yellow cheese,” Magen David Adom (MDA) medic Nachman Levi recalled.
“Rivka [the mother] tried to help her daughter, but was unable to. She turned to her neighbors for help. One of them noticed the red lights from our ambulance from his window, took the baby in his arms, and ran outside to ask for help. I reassured the mother and performed the necessary medical procedures to extract the foreign body blocking the airway of little Nuya and threatening her life.
“After a few moments she began to breathe on her own. I called another ambulance to evacuate her and the injured man to the hospital, where the baby was examined and released to her home after a few hours. There was a great miracle that we were in the right place at the right time,” he said.
The mother, Rivka, said, “I don’t want to think about what would have happened had the ambulance not been there. They resolved the situation within a few seconds. I want to say thank you with all my heart. I do not know what I would have done if Nachman had not been with us… He was very calm and reassured me, and it is very important in these kinds of situations to feel that kind of support.”