This is one of those happy stories that don’t get repeated too often in the media but should be. I began working with United Hatzalah a little less than a month ago and in my short time there I have been exposed to the everyday stories of heroism of the volunteer medics, EMTs, paramedics and Doctors. Hearing about the daily rescues that occur really warms the heart, but when a story like this happens, it is something that one simply needs to share with as many people as possible, for as the cliche goes, “It can restore one’s faith in humanity”.
Yehuda is a twelve year old boy who suffers from a severe case of muscular dystrophy, a hereditary condition marked by the progressive weakening and wasting away of the muscles. He is unable to walk and is confined to a wheelchair for any movement. Seeing other members of his community rescuing people and helping them by providing first aid medical treatment, Yehuda began to dream of being a United Hatzalah volunteer medic and ambucycle driver.
His parents contacted United Hatzalah and asked for help in order to make Yehuda a costume that resembles, as closely as possible a United Hatzalah ambucycle for purim in order to make his dream a reality.
His parents together with volunteers from the Bnei Brak chapter of United Hatzalah worked together in order to fulfill Yehuda’s dream and converted his mechanized wheelchair into a full functional ambucycle lookalike for Purim so that Yehuda could go to school and portray his costume to his friends and teachers.
The smile on Yehuda’s face is priceless and something which we need to see a lot more of in today’s world, especially when faced with so much negativity in the media which encroaches into our daily lives. Some stories are worth sharing, and some stories need to be shared.
This is one of the latter as it teaches us, that if a young boy who has a debilitating disease can get into the spirit of the holiday and find a reason to smile, then with a little help so can we all. Chag Sameach to everyone, and may your dreams also come true this Purim holiday.