Team Of Israeli Doctors Fly To Cyprus To Save Woman’s Life


A team of four Israeli heart specialists traveled to a hospital in Cyprus with life-saving technology to save a woman who was suffering cardiac issues following childbirth, the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer revealed on Facebook on Sunday.

The Medical Center said a 29-year-old woman from Nicosia, Cyprus, suffered “a severe problem in her left main cardiac arterial region during the course of childbirth.”

Doctors at Nicosia Hospital were apparently “running out of time to save her life” since the medical facility lacked a life-saving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body, allowing the heart and lungs to rest.

The doctors made an emergency call to their colleagues at Sheba’s Leviev Heart Center.

Within seven hours, a group of Israeli doctors arrived at the hospital with the ECMO machine, stabilized the patient and transported her to Sheba, where she is recovering in the Leviev Heart Center.




  1. I guess all Israeli cardiac patients have been treated, so these cardiologists have extra time on their hands. Sarcasm, with a sad tear for stupidity of our people.

    • An ECMO is not a machine to be used for treatment. It is used, for example, in open-heart surgery, when the heartbeat is stopped. These surgeries are typically scheduled, and in fact are far apart, because most cardiac surgeries nowadays do not require stopping the heart. Sometimes there are grave (unanticipated) complications to other procedures, or in this case, childbirth, and this machine functions as life support. The patient has been stabilized and now, as the article says, she is recovering (ie no longer attached to ECMO)
      The Israeli hospital must have a plural number of ECMO, this is typical for facilities who have the machine. Cyprus is a short flight and the machine is already returned to its standby status. The cardiologists have, if anything else, gained experience with a very serious complication and will treat better the next patient. It does not say who paid the bill (possibly Cyprus hospital, possibly a charity, possibly the lady’s health insurance, possibly the Israeli taxpayer, but it does not say). Would you have let that woman die and her baby be an orphan?

  2. Whose insurance paid for this??? Kipat Cholim? Achmed? Someone had to cover the tremendous costs involved. Private sponsor?

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