(JTA) — A paramedic from Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency rescue organization is on her way to Peru with 100 units of blood for an Israeli tourist hospitalized there after contracting a serious blood-related illness.
The paramedic left with the blood late Wednesday night after the Health Ministry of Peru gave permission to bring the units of blood into the country following diplomatic contacts involving MDA and Israel’s Foreign Ministry.
The Blood units are on the way! #MDA #paramedic took off to Lima, Peru with a 100 #Bloodunits and plasma in order to save Zohar Katz’s #Life pic.twitter.com/zQM7Zr529E — Magen David Adom (@Mdais) February 16, 2017
The family of 21-year-old Zohar Katz, from Kibbutz Yotvata in southern Israel, was first hospitalized in Cusco but later transferred to a hospital in the capital city, where she remains sedated. She needs 11 to 20 units of blood per day in order to clean her body of the bacteria for a treatment that may take 15 days.