VIDEO: Lakewood Bikur Cholim Director takes chopper to pick up respirator for patient on Yom Tov

Within hours of receiving an urgent request for a respirator, Lakewood Bikur Cholim Director Rabbi Yehuda Kaszirer was on a chopper.

At approximately 7 PM on the first night of the Second Days of Yom Tov, Rabbi Kaszirer received an urgent request for a sophisticated respirator for a patient in New York.

Within minutes of learning that a nursing home in Albany was willing to donate one, Simcha Shain of Paraflight arranged for a chopper to fly Rabbi Kaszirer out there and bring it to the patient.

At about 8 PM he was in the air, and he arrived in Albany before 9 PM.

After a short drive, Rabbi Kaszirer arrived at the nursing home, picked it up, and was back in the air. Shortly after 10 PM he landed in Manhattan, where he met up with Boro Park Hatzolah – who had the respirator delivered to a local hospital.

Mi K’amcha Yisroel.

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  1. Nice. But, there were hundreds of heroes in Lakewood who are being overshadowed by these stories of greatness. The countless parents who gave their children a beautiful yom Tov are at least as big of a hero!!!

  2. What an amazing story. Pikuach Nefesh comes first ! Thank you Rabbi Kaszirer For always dropping everything for your fellow brothers and sisters.

  3. It is VERY important to monitor the oxygen level of any person sick with Covid-19. Even if they are not showing any difficulty breathing. Especially if they have been sick for a few days. This can be done easily using a pulse-ox which can be obtained at pharmacies or borrowed from bikur cholim. (Or by asking a medical professional or Hatazala member to check the oxygen level.) If low oxygen is detected early, it can be treated and prevent the situation from becoming critical ch’v. Please share this important information with anyone who may not be aware.

  4. Coventry Gvir- on a light note it doesn’t take much to be a Gvir in Coventry. The kuncz is to be considered a Gvir in one of the ‘hatzy tatzy’ neighborhoods. I’m speaking from experience, as I once lived in Coventry and I thought I had it made, till I moved and I realized no-one is looking at me!

  5. I’m wondering which hospital in Manhattan is already out with respirators. Unless this is a very diff kind. Didn’t President Trump promise there will be enough respirators?

  6. WOW. WOW. WOW!!!!!

    • Or literaly, as you put it? Let’s keep them all on this world ad 120. Afterwards they will have their chance to be literally malachim. For now it’s just figurative.

  7. What Bikur Cholim, and other organizations, have done the last few weeks is absolutely remarkable. Mamesh taking it to the next level in dedication, operations, fund-raising and mobilizing their vols and staff.
    Equally remarkable is HaTzaddik HaNistar, R’ Simcha Shain, Shlit”a, L-19. I dont think he has slept 3 hrs straight in the last 5 weeks.
    Between responding to Hatzolah calls, dispatching, medicing, and Paraflight, theres just no way.
    And were not even done with this pandemic yet.
    Chazak V’Ematz, guys.
    May Hashem see the wonderful work of his children, and in that zechus fulfill our heartfelt tefilla of:
    Avinu Malkeinu,
    M’nah Mageifa Minachalasecha.

  8. The Drs wanted a specific kind of respirator that the reg hospital don’t have for this specific person
    A reg respirator cost aprx $6500 this one costed $10000

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