The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 31 May 2003 / 29 Iyyar 5763

Saved by a Cell Phone

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More than one terrorist tragedy has been averted by the ubiquitous cell phone. While all the other rescues came as a result of communication with authorities the case of Michael Tataro was of an entirely different character.

This 43 year old was one of the people who had the misfortune of being in the area of the old central bus station in Tel Aviv when two suicide bombers recently blew themselves up, killing 23 people and wounding more than a hundred. Shrapnel from one of the blasts flew into Michaels jacket just above his waist. It entered the back of his cell phone and flew out the side, completely destroying it. "I fell to the ground in shock," he recalled as he stood, still in shock, in Ichilov Hospitals emergency ward. "I looked in my pocket and realized that my phone had saved my life."

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