Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi played the role of a hero in an unlikely place when he saved the life of a fellow Israeli tourist while on vacation in Spain.
Tayibe resident Fadi Masrawa, 28, who was visiting Barcelona last week, broke his neck after unwittingly jumping headfirst into a shallow area on the beach. MK Tibi, who was coincidentally vacationing in the Catalan city at the same time, rushed to Masrawa's bedside after being alerted by the family of the tourist, who failed to buy health insurance prior to the trip.
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Tibi, a medical doctor by profession, urgently called in an Israeli orthopedic expert, who asserted that the patient should be airlifted to Israel for surgery post haste.
Tibi then put his parliamentarian chops into play by urging El Al to clear two seats for Masrawa on one of the airlines' fully booked flights. He put into action a law that pertains to the compensation of passengers who are bumped from their flights – a legislation which, incidentally, was proposed by Tibi and went into effect only a few days ago. In accordance with the law, the two passengers who agreed to give up their seats for Masrawa were compensated by the patient's family.
Masrawa successfully underwent the operation late last week, and consequently expressed his gratitude by writing on the lawmaker's Facebook page.
"Dr. Ahmad, I owe you my life," he wrote.
Masrawa's father went on to brand Tibi's act as a "heroic operation to save a life."
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