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  • This is an ambucycle.

  • This is the fastest way to reach any medical emergency.

  • It has everything an ambulance has except for a bed.

  • You see the defibrillator. You see the equipment.

  • We all saw the tragedy that happened in Boston.

  • When I was looking at these pictures,

  • it brought me back many years to my past

  • when I was a child.

  • I grew up in a small neighborhood in Jerusalem.

  • When I was six years old, I was walking back from school

  • on a Friday afternoon with my older brother.

  • We were passing by a bus stop.

  • We saw a bus blow up in front of our eyes.

  • The bus was on fire, and many people were hurt and killed.

  • I remembered an old man

  • yelling to us and crying to help us get him up.

  • He just needed someone helping him.

  • We were so scared and we just ran away.

  • Growing up, I decided I wanted to become a doctor and save lives.

  • Maybe that was because of what I saw when I was a child.

  • When I was 15, I took an EMT course,

  • and I went to volunteer on an ambulance.

  • For two years, I volunteered on an ambulance in Jerusalem.

  • I helped many people,

  • but whenever someone really needed help,

  • I never got there in time. We never got there.

  • The traffic is so bad. The distance, and everything.

  • We never got there when somebody really needed us.

  • One day, we received a call about a seven-year-old child

  • choking from a hot dog.

  • Traffic was horrific, and we were coming from

  • the other side of town in the north part of Jerusalem.

  • When we got there, 20 minutes later,

  • we started CPR on the kid.

  • A doctor comes in from a block away,

  • stop us, checks the kid, and tells us to stop CPR.

  • That second he declared this child dead.

  • At that moment, I understood

  • that this child died for nothing.

  • If this doctor, who lived one block away from there,

  • would have come 20 minutes earlier,

  • not have to wait until that siren he heard before

  • coming from the ambulance,

  • if he would have heard about it way before,

  • he would have saved this child.

  • He could have run from a block away.

  • He could have saved this child.

  • I said to myself, there must be a better way.

  • Together with 15 of my friends --

  • we were all EMTs

  • we decided, let's protect our neighborhood,

  • so when something like that happens again,

  • we will be there running to the scene a lot before the ambulance.

  • So I went over to the manager of the ambulance company

  • and I told him, "Please, whenever you have a call

  • coming into our neighborhood,

  • we have 15 great guys who are willing

  • to stop everything they're doing and run and save lives.

  • Just alert us by beeper.

  • We'll buy these beepers, just tell your dispatch

  • to send us the beeper, and we will run and save lives."

  • Well, he was laughing. I was 17 years old. I was a kid.

  • And he said to me — I remember this like yesterday

  • he was a great guy, but he said to me,

  • "Kid, go to school, or go open a falafel stand.

  • We're not really interested in these kinds of new adventures.

  • We're not interested in your help." And he threw me out of the room.

  • "I don't need your help," he said.

  • I was a very stubborn kid.

  • As you see now, I'm walking around like crazy, meshugenah.

  • (Laughter) (Applause)

  • So I decided to use the Israeli very famous technique

  • you've probably all heard of, chutzpah. (Laughter)

  • And the next day, I went and I bought two police scanners,

  • and I said, "The hell with you, if you don't want

  • to give me information, I'll get the information myself."

  • And we did turns, who's going to listen to the radio scanners.

  • The next day, while I was listening to the scanners,

  • I heard about a call coming in of a 70-year-old man

  • hurt by a car only one block away from me

  • on the main street of my neighborhood.

  • I ran there by foot. I had no medical equipment.

  • When I got there, the 70-year-old man

  • was lying on the floor, blood was gushing out of his neck.

  • He was on Coumadin.

  • I knew I had to stop his bleeding or else he would die.

  • I took off my yarmulke, because I had no medical equipment,

  • and with a lot of pressure, I stopped his bleeding.

  • He was bleeding from his neck.

  • When the ambulance arrived 15 minutes later,

  • I gave them over a patient who was alive.

  • (Applause)

  • When I went to visit him two days later,

  • he gave me a hug and was crying

  • and thanking me for saving his life.

  • At that moment, when I realized this is the first person

  • I ever saved in my life after two years volunteering in an ambulance,

  • I knew this is my life's mission.

  • So today, 22 years later, we have United Hatzalah.

  • (Applause)

  • "Hatzalah" means "rescue," for all of you who don't know Hebrew.

  • I forgot I'm not in Israel.

  • So we have thousands of volunteers

  • who are passionate about saving lives,

  • and they're spread all around, so whenever a call comes in,

  • they just stop everything and go and run and save a life.

  • Our average response time today

  • went down to less than three minutes in Israel.

  • (Applause)

  • I'm talking about heart attacks,

  • I'm talking about car accidents,

  • God forbid bomb attacks, shootings, whatever it is,

  • even a woman 3 o'clock in the morning

  • falling in her home and needs someone to help her.

  • Three minutes, we'll have a guy with his pajamas

  • running to her house and helping her get up.

  • The reasons why we're so successful are because of three things.

  • Thousands of passionate volunteers

  • who will leave everything they do

  • and run to help people they don't even know.

  • We're not there to replace ambulances.

  • We're just there

  • to get the gap between the ambulance call until they arrive.

  • And we save people that otherwise would not be saved.

  • The second reason is because of our technology.

  • You know, Israelis are good in technology.

  • Every one of us has on his phone, no matter what kind of phone,

  • a GPS technology done by NowForce,

  • and whenever a call comes in,

  • the closest five volunteers get the call,

  • and they actually get there really quick,

  • and navigated by a traffic navigator to get there and not waste time.

  • And this is a great technology we use all over the country

  • and reduce the response time.

  • And the third thing are these ambucycles.

  • These ambucycles are an ambulance on two wheels.

  • We don't transfer people, but we stabilize them,

  • and we save their lives.

  • They never get stuck in traffic. They could even go on a sidewalk.

  • They never, literally, get stuck in traffic.

  • That's why we get there so fast.

  • A few years after I started this organization,

  • in a Jewish community,

  • two Muslims from east Jerusalem called me up.

  • They ask me to meet. They wanted to meet with me.

  • Muhammad Asli and Murad Alyan.

  • When Muhammad told me his personal story,

  • how his father, 55 years old, collapsed at home,

  • had a cardiac arrest,

  • and it took over an hour for an ambulance arrive,

  • and he saw his father die in front of his eyes,

  • he asked me, "Please start this in east Jerusalem."

  • I said to myself, I saw so much tragedy, so much hate,

  • and it's not about saving Jews. It's not about saving Muslims.

  • It's not about saving Christians. It's about saving people.

  • So I went ahead, full force --

  • (Applause) —

  • and I started United Hatzalah in east Jerusalem,

  • and that's why the names United

  • and Hatzalah match so well.

  • We started hand in hand saving Jews and Arabs.

  • Arabs were saving Jews. Jews were saving Arabs.

  • Something special happened.

  • Arabs and Jews, they don't always get along together,

  • but here in this situation,

  • the communities, literally,

  • it's an unbelievable situation that happened,

  • the diversities, all of a sudden they had a common interest:

  • Let's save lives together.

  • Settlers were saving Arabs and Arabs were saving settlers.

  • It's an unbelievable concept that could work

  • only when you have such a great cause.

  • And these are all volunteers.

  • No one is getting money.

  • They're all doing it for the purpose of saving lives.

  • When my own father collapsed a few years ago

  • from a cardiac arrest, one of the first volunteers

  • to arrive to save my father

  • was one of these Muslim volunteers from east Jerusalem

  • who was in the first course to join Hatzalah.

  • And he saved my father.

  • Could you imagine how I felt in that moment?

  • When I started this organization, I was 17 years old.

  • I never imagined that one day I'd be speaking at TEDMED.

  • I never even knew what TEDMED was then.

  • I don't think it existed, but I never imagined,

  • I never imagined that it's going to go all around,

  • it's going to spread around,

  • and this last year we started in Panama and Brazil.

  • All I need is a partner who is a little meshugenah like me,

  • passionate about saving lives, and willing to do it.

  • And I'm actually starting it in India very soon

  • with a friend who I met in Harvard just a while back.

  • Hatzalah actually started in Brooklyn by a Hasidic Jew

  • years before us in Williamsburg,

  • and now it's all over the Jewish community in New York,

  • even Australia and Mexico and many other Jewish communities.

  • But it could spread everywhere.

  • It's very easy to adopt.

  • You even saw these volunteers in New York

  • saving lives in the World Trade Center.

  • Last year alone, we treated in Israel 207,000 people.

  • Forty-two thousand of them were life-threatening situations.

  • And we made a difference.

  • I guess you could call this a lifesaving flash mob,

  • and it works.

  • When I look all around here,

  • I see lots of people who would go an extra mile,

  • run an extra mile to save other people,

  • no matter who they are, no matter what religion,

  • no matter who, where they come from.

  • We all want to be heroes.

  • We just need a good idea, motivation

  • and lots of chutzpah,

  • and we could save millions of people

  • that otherwise would not be saved.

  • Thank you very much.

  • (Applause)

This is an ambucycle.

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