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Aussie suffers heart attack

"Thanks to the quick intervention of the Magen David Adom team, the life of an Australian ­athlete at the 21st Maccabiah Games was saved"

Ilan Zimerman (back row, second from right) with Australia's over-55 men's football Maccabiah Games team at a training session in Sydney. 
Photo: Robi Karp/Maccabi Australia
Australia's over-55 men's football Maccabiah Games team at a training session in Sydney. Photo: Robi Karp/Maccabi Australia

A member of Australia’s Maccabiah team was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics after having a heart attack on the field on Sunday.

During a masters soccer game between Australia and Colombia held in Netanya, the player walked off the field displaying unusual body language before collapsing on the grass, American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) said.

“Thanks to the quick intervention of the Magen David Adom team, the life of an Australian ­athlete at the 21st Maccabiah Games was saved today,” AFMDA said.

“The MDA team was there and began CPR with electric shocks from a defibrillator. Within a few minutes, the Australian, 55, was evacuated to Laniado Hospital in Netanya, fully conscious and communicative.

“At the hospital he underwent a series of lifesaving procedures and is recovering in the intensive care unit.”

MDA has been providing medical services at Maccabiah events in Israel for many years, with thousands of EMTs and paramedics mobilised for this year’s event.

Training sessions were also provided in the lead-up to and throughout the 2022 Maccabiah Games.

Maccabiah participants also had access to a nurse at central hotel locations each evening.

“For many years, MDA has been securing the Maccabiah Games,” MDA director-general Eli Bin said.

“I am proud of the high level of alertness the team members showed by their keen observation and speed to the scene, resulting in another life saved.”

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