Day 41. Miracles really do happen even in the battle against the deadly Corona virus. The story of Eli Beer is one such miracle.
Eli Beer is the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel and President of Friends of United Hatzalah, Israel’s largest all-volunteer emergency medical response organization. He began to work at his family’s book and real estate businesses at the age of 13 and began to volunteer on ambulances at the age of 15, twice a week. At the age of 17 he realized that a more flexible system needed to be established to improve response time in case of emergencies. To accomplish this goal he founded United Hatzalah. This volunteer first responder service has grown impressively since its establishment and now has over 4500 EMT’s, paramedics and doctors volunteering within its framework. Eli Beer has been awarded numerous prizes and acknowledgments across the globe for innovative and lifesaving work.
Earlier this year Beer traveled on a fundraising trip to California, India, then to Washington DC for the annual AIPAC policy conference, and then to New York, before going to Miami. He recalled that AIPAC had put up signs about keeping distances, and not hugging or kissing. He followed those rules, but at the time, it was unclear how contagious the coronavirus really was. In Miami, he started to feel “all of a sudden” that something was wrong. He went to a doctor, who misdiagnosed him with strep throat. A few days later, “I felt like I couldn’t breathe anymore,” and he was rushed to the hospital.“They took an X-ray of my chest, and the doctor immediately put me in the intensive-care unit,” he said. “Three days later, they sent a message to my wife and kids that they want to intubate me.”
Beer was asleep for 18 days. When he came to, he thought he was on the road to recovery. But a few days later, he took another turn for the worse. They intubated him for another 12 days. Ultimately, Beer kept fighting, making progress and was eventually told he could leave. He tested negative for coronavirus three times before being discharged.
Millions of people all over the world prayed for weeks for Eli Beer’s recovery. In the end their prayers were answered Covid-19 miracle. The video in this post is of Eli Beer’s return to Israel.