Southfield teen Jaden Jubas and Benjamin

Southfield teen Jaden Jubas and fellow camper were determined to save an elderly Israeli man’s life.

Perhaps Jaden Jubas, 16, of Southfield should skip studying for his college entrance exams and just apply to medical school.

On July 16, while attending a camping program in Israel sponsored by NCSY Hatzalah Rescue, he and another camper, with the guidance of the ambulance team they were shadowing, saved the life of an 80-year-old patient.

The man was initially unresponsive to CPR by United Hatzalah ambucycle responders after trying to revive and stabilize him for nearly an hour.

On that fateful afternoon, the teens’ ambulance was dispatched to a call for a semi-responsive patient. While the ambulance was on its way, the call was upgraded to a “CPR in progress.”

Upon arrival, Jaden’s team walked up a flight of narrow stairs to find that two additional EMT teams from United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom had been working to try to revive the elderly man on the bedroom floor of his tiny apartment. The bedroom and apartment overflowed with about 20 tearful relatives resigned to the fact their loved one had died.

But Jubas and fellow camper Benjamin Mendelson, 17, of Memphis, Tenn., were determined and pleaded with their EMT supervisors to keep trying. First, Benjamin performed compressions and was able to revive the man’s pulse, but the patient once again flatlined. Amid the tears of relatives, Jubas insisted he would try again. After 90 seconds of performing CPR, the patient regained a steadier pulse and breathed once again. Jubas said everyone in the tiny apartment was overjoyed and the boys received shouts of “Kol HaKavod” praising them for saving the man’s life.

In addition to administering CPR, Jaden and Benjamin also helped the EMT team with running an intravenous line, assisted with oxygen tanks and helped transport the patient, hooked to many wires and life-saving machines, down the narrow flight of stairs to the ambulance.

Jaden said he and Benjamin kept their cool thanks to expert guidance from their supervisors who guided them through the grueling work of manually applying compressions to the patient’s heart. Jubas said he hopes to continue his training to become an EMT by the time he reaches 18.

The two high schoolers were awarded medallions celebrating their first “saves” as Emergency Medical Responders (EMR). On the medal is a quote from the Talmud: “He who saves a life it is as if they saved a whole world.”

The volunteer work was part of Jubas’ summer program with a United Hatzalah ambulance crew in Bat Yam, a city on Israel’s central coast. NCSY Hatzalah Rescue is a monthlong program run in partnership with the Orthodox Union’s NCSY Summer and United Hatzalah, a volunteer-based emergency medical services organization in Israel. The program includes training teens as EMRs and volunteering with ambulance crews in Israel.

“God used Jaden as messenger to help save a man’s life,” said Jubas’ mother, Yehudit. “I am incredibly proud of Jaden’s maturity and determination.”

On other, less eventful runs as an EMR in Israel, he helped treat people suffering from minor lacerations or people who were “not feeling well” in the hot Israeli summer weather. Whenever the ambulance arrived, Jubas noticed how grateful the people were to see him and the rest of the EMT team he was shadowing.

“We treated a police officer with a large cut on his leg and some others who were not feeling well,” Jubas said. “Just seeing our ambulance show up is enough sometimes to calm people down and give them comfort.”

Jubas, who is just beginning the college application process as a rising high school junior at Farber Hebrew Day School in Southfield, has always been interested in the medical field. He said this experience has given him encouragement and a confidence boost.

“I was grateful for the opportunity to save the life of a person,” said Jubas, who returned home Aug. 2 and plans on hanging out with friends and gearing up for school. “I was determined not to give up even though the EMTs were ready to call the man’s death. I was taught in my EMR training that the success rate for fully reviving a patient through CPR is only at 10%.

“Thanks to this program, I know what I am capable of accomplishing. I hope my actions will inspire others to be brave and do good in the world. One person can truly make a difference in someone’s life.”