A touching birthday ceremony, made possible by United Hatzalah, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, and Herzog Hospital, was held on Tuesday morning for a 10-year-old kid whose birth abnormality has kept him in the hospital on a ventilator since birth.
To fulfill the family’s wish for their son, Yosef Yitzchak, who has been bedridden in the hospital since birth, to visit the Western Wall to pray, Herzog Hospital turned to United Hatzalah on behalf of Yosef Yitzchak’s family, who is from Jerusalem.
United Hatzalah got in touch with the Western Wall Foundation to see if the request was feasible and to make the required preparations for the youngster to be taken in an ambulance directly to the Western Wall plaza while wearing a ventilator and other essential medical equipment.
Yosef Yitzchak and his family, along with the nurses who care for him at the hospital, were picked up by United Hatzalah EMT and ambulance driver David Salach and paramedic Ariel Shusheim on Tuesday morning.
The youngster was carried to the plaza, removed from the ambulance on a stretcher, and then led in a triumphant parade to the Wall itself.
On Yosef Yitzchak’s birthday, Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, visited to bless him and presented him with a Book of Psalms.
The parents of Yosef Yitzchak hoped for his complete recovery and thanked all of the organizations involved for helping them fulfill their desire to bring their son to the holy site.