Israeli Volunteers Fulfill Paralyzed Man’s Dream of Visiting Dead Sea


Paralyzed from the neck down and confined to his room in a rehabilitation center where he is on life-support, 39-year-old Israeli Alon Paz had a simple wish: He wanted to spend a day at the Dead Sea.

Last week, a group of volunteers from United Hatzalah, the Jerusalem-based emergency medical services organization, helped it happen.

Paz, who was critically injured in a car accident seven years ago in Netanya, spent the day at the botanical gardens of Kibbutz Ein Gedi and at the Wadi David national park, famous for its hiking trails, which are wheelchair accessible, and its waterfalls. To top off the visit, he was taken to a lookout point that provides a panoramic view of the Dead Sea.

 

JUDY MALTZ, HAARETZ

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