A 17-year-old Magen David Adom volunteer medic saved the life of an American tourist who suffered a heart attack during a visit to Yad Vashem, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.
Yam Carmel, a 12th grader at the Ort Avin high-school was on a class trip to Israel's national Holocaust museum on Monday, when he noticed a man collapsing.
A volunteer medic, the quick-thinking Carmel ran toward the man, a 52-year-old American tourist, and began performing CPR.
"I saw him lying on the ground about 30 meters in front of me," Carmel recounted to Yedioth. "I ran to him and realized something was wrong. I checked his pulse, but he did not respond."
Despite lacking resuscitation equipment, Carmel attempted to revive the man, who had suffered a heart attack, manually.
Other visitors to the museum, meanwhile, called for help at Carmel's, while a defibrillator was found for the young medic, who then revived the man's pulse. Eventually, Intensive Care Units arrived and took over treatment.
The tourist was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He remains hospitalized in serious condition, but is stable and there is no immediate danger to his life.
"I believe as an MDA medic, I need to be prepared 24/7 for any scenario," Carmel said. "I saw the situation and I'm happy I did what was expected of me. I'm very glad it helped and the man is alive."
"That's what makes me happy – not to see it as a heroic act, but rather that I did my job in the best way."