On October 7th, 7:30 in the morning, I was taking part in the Simchat Torah celebrations, when I received a call to report to Netanya station. I dropped everything immediately, took my son back home and headed out to the south, along with my team, still wearing festive clothes.
We arrived at Ofakim station at ten in the morning, still oblivious of what it is we’re about to face. The initial call we received was of gunfire casualties. We were on our way to the scene, when a police vehicle stopped us. Three Special Forces officers came out, warning us of gunfights nearby, and escorted us to the scene to ensure our safety.
Four victims were rescued out of the gunfight and carried to us. We rapidly provided lifesaving treatment and evacuated them to Soroka hospital.
Reports of wounded kept coming in, and so as soon as we transferred the patients to hospital we went back into the inferno.
A seriously injured Special Forces officer was brought to our MICU in Ofakim. I saw mortal fear in his eyes. After I successfully stabilized his condition he smiled back at me in gratitude. That smile he had on his face is something I will never forget.
We evacuated the officer to the hospital, then headed back to the battlefield with no hesitation.
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