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American Friends of Magen David Adom


Israel's Red Cross. We provide emergency medical, disaster, ambulance, blood services and paramedic training - First responders providing care and treatment for victims of terror attacks.

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Yossi Cohen, an MDA Sderot employee for 33 years and a long-time resident of the city, was the first on-scene MDA team member who attended to a woman who sustained severe injuries as a result of the May 16, 2007 Qassam attacks.

"We received the alert of a Qassam attack from the Gaza Strip in the evening.I found one female casualty lying on the floor, with various injuries.There were three bombs that night and we attended to all of them - and that's more or less the way it went on all day long."

Unfortunately Yossi is no stranger to the damage a Qassam can cause. His daughter, son-in-law and baby grandson sustained injuries from a rocket attack that hit their home.His grandson sustained the most severe injuries. " My grandson's head injuries - he's had two surgical procedures, skull reconstruction and has a permanent attached to his head. He now goes to therapy twice a week (Yossi himself takes his grandson to these sessions).

"I know everyone and their families by name. I hurt a little every time there's another casualty in Sderot.I know what they're going through," says Cohen. "These days are very difficult days.Every day I go to work and do my best for MDA.I believe that there are 'Better Days Ahead.'"Magen David Adom, Saving Lives in Israel