Just in Time
For weeks the Hatzalah rescue team in the Orthodox community of Beitar Ilit made an effort to find a donor for an expensive piece of lifesaving equipment known as "Life-Pac". They finally received this valuable machine, which sends electric impulses into the body of someone whose pulse has stopped, thanks to the generosity of a Baltimore Jew. Only eight hours after they held a special ceremony inaugurating its addition to their lifesaving arsenal, a call came for emergency help.
A 50-year old man had suffered heart arrest while riding a bicycle on the road near Beitar. The Hatzalah volunteers were the first to arrive at the scene and one of them began using the Life-Pac in an attempt to achieve resuscitation. Although the first electric shock failed to produce the desired result, a second one restored the pulse and a life was saved by a machine that came just in time.