Israeli customs agent saves Gazan merchant’s life at border crossing

The Erez border crossing. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to An Israeli customs agent’s resourcefulness saved a Gazan merchant’s life last week after the latter suffered a heart attack at the Erez border crossing.

The merchant had arrived at the crossing to enter Israel on Nov. 26 when he suddenly collapsed as a result of a heart attack. An Israeli customs agent, who had undergone paramedic training in the past, rushed over to the man and began resuscitation efforts, using a defibrillator.

Another crossing employee, also a trained paramedic, joined the resuscitation efforts. An Israeli Magen David Adom ambulance later arrived at the scene with two additional paramedics.

After the merchant’s condition was stabilized, he was transported to a hospital, where he underwent a catheterization procedure and regained consciousness.

Posted on November 29, 2015 .