a young IDF soldier, was manning an isolated guard post in Hevron in the
middle of the night when he was shot by an Arab sniper. With no one to
help him, and unable to radio for help, it appeared that he would bleed to
death before he could be found. Another soldier, however, did hear
something. Not sure, he went to investigate, and spotted Yoav lying on the
ground, bleeding profusely.
The soldier immediately began to administer first aid, and arranged for
Yoav to be transported to a medical facility - applying manual pressure
until the ambulance could arrive. Eventually, Yoav arrived and was treated
at a proper medical facility. The doctors told his parents that had it not
been for the immediate and appropriate actions of the other soldier, their
son Yoav would definitely not have survived. It was indeed a miracle that
the other soldier heard what no one else heard, the parents felt, and
looked for him to thank him. But he had already left the hospital.
During Yoav's recovery period, his family called the army to find out the
name of the soldier who had saved Yoav's life. No one knew. Finally,
Yoav's parents put up a sign in the grocery store they own in Kiryat
Malachi. They described the miracle that had occurred, and asked for
information on the identity of Yoav's savior. "Israel is a small country,"
they thought, "and someone might know someone who knows someone, etc."
It took a year. A woman entered the store one day and saw the sign. She
was positive that her son Doron had mentioned such an account. She took
out her cellphone and called Doron on the spot. Sure enough, he remembered
the incident quite well, and it was he who had saved Yoav's life.
Soon all the families gathered together for a joyful, tearful celebration
- but one of the mothers knew that there was an extra reason to celebrate.
Doron's mother pulled Yoav's mother aside and told her,
"There is a specific reason why I came to your store today. You don't
remember me, bu! t twenty years ago, I was standing in your store feeling
lost and forlorn. You and your wonderful husband noticed how sad I looked
and asked me what was the matter. I explained that I was pregnant and was
overwhelmed. There were so many unbearable difficulties, financially,
socially and emotionally. I had decided that the only way out was to have
"You both stopped everything, and calmly and lovingly sat with me. You
listened to me. Then you offered so much encouragement and support.
Because of you, everything began to look different and I chose to keep my
baby. I no longer live around here, but I happened to be passing through
and I figured it would be nice to visit your store again to thank you once
again for all that you did for me. The name of that precious baby was
Doron. My beloved Doron, who would not have been born were it not for you,
grew up to save your son Yoav's life."
Story appeared on Feb 23, 2005 on israelnn.com