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United Hatzalah chief in serious condition after contracting coronavirus

United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer, who was diagnosed with coronavirus while on a fundraising trip to the US, is still in serious condition.

Beer is currently unconscious and on a respirator in a Miami, Florida, hospital. His condition, though serious, is currently stable.

In a message to the organization’s employees and volunteers, United Hatzalah CEO Eli Pollack wrote: “We are praying for his health and believe he will soon return to lead the organization, the way only he knows how.”

“I ask that in these days, you work together in the unity which is so important to Eli, and continue to increase prayers and supplications that Eliezer Yehuda the son of Chaya should make a full and quick recovery.”

Avigail Beer, Eli’s daughter, wrote an emotional Facebook post on Sunday night: “This is my father, and he’s a coronavirus patient with no number. He is hospitalized in the ICU, 15 hours away from home. For his entire life. my father has fought for the lives of civilians from all over the country.”

“From the moment he was hospitalized, the only thing that mattered to him was that United Hatzalah continue to operate, providing efficient and professional medical aid, free of charge, to Israel’s citizens. Specifically today, when we are isolated in our homes, and suddenly the fear of death and the value of life have gone up, come be partners in this amazing thing, come be partners in continuing the operations of United Hatzalah.

“Doctors, paramedics, EMTs, and midwives, and you can have a hand in all of this. And obviously, it should be for the recovery of Eliezer Yehuda, the son of Chaya. Wow, I’m already imagining his happy face when he comes back to us healthy and whole and hears about all this kindness.”

A letter from United Hatzalah’s Chairman of the Board Mark and Erica Gerson:

Dear Friend of United Hatzalah,

In the Book of Genesis, Jacob is on a journey to see his brother. An unnamed “man” appears and engages Jacob in a nightlong wrestling match. Jacob is injured but emerges victorious. Still, he tells his opponent, “I will not let you go until you bless me.”

One should always learn, emerge from a struggle with a blessing.

Eli Beer is in a struggle due to a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19. On Friday evening he was put on a ventilator to assist his breathing. We expect Eli to be sedated for two days to two weeks and expect he will experience a full (if slow and difficult) recovery. We are grateful for the outstanding care Eli is receiving at the hospital in Miami, and for the remarkable support that United Hatzalah supporters are providing for him in Miami.

For all of those who love and admire Eli, we have something profound within our power: we can enable him to emerge from this struggle with a blessing. The attached video, which he apparently made a moment before he was sedated, shows how he would like to be blessed. We can imagine his smile — and indeed joy — if, upon awaking, he sees this page filled with support and supporters.

UNITED HATZALAH

Notes:

UNITED HATZALAH IN NUMBERS:

6000 VOLUNTEERS helping those in need
1800 CALLS PER DAY asking for help
1000 AMBUCYCLES speeding to the rescue
37 AMBULANCES to serve the Israeli people
3 MINUTE average response time