As Prime Minister Naftali Bennett lauded Israel’s response to the coronavirus at the UN General Assembly in New York, overloaded hospitals in Israel were running out of ECMO machines. On Wednesday, Channel 13 News reported that Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second-largest hospital, used its last ECMO machine for a 22-year-old coronavirus patient.
The patient has no history of preexisting illnesses but was not vaccinated.
In an unprecedented move, the report said that Rambam Hospital in Haifa will “lend” an ECMO machine to Ichilov to prevent patients from dying due to a lack of the life-saving machine.
Senior officials in the health system are saying that most hospitals in Israel have almost no ECMO machines left, both in central Israel and the rest of the country. In recent days, the number of Israelis attached to ECMO machines has reached a peak of 47, 91% of whom are unvaccinated. In addition, there are also non-coronavirus patients who are reliant on the machines.
About 1,300 Israelis have died of the coronavirus since Bennett became prime minister.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)