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18 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Israeli hikers rescue injured Japanese backpacker in Nepal E-mail

A Japanese backpacker, Akihu Sujiyama, 40, was seriously injured in December when a rockslide fell on her while she was hiking the Annapurna Circuit. Her leg was broken and she began to lose blood rapidly.

Israeli hikers in the area heard her anguished screams and ran to help her. They immediately applied a tourniquet, and were able to use a satellite phone in their possession to call a rescue helicopter.

The Chabad emissary for the region, Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz, who had received word of the incident via a Chabad situation room located in Israel, arrived with the helicopter as well. The woman was evacuated to a hospital in Kathmandu, where she received life-saving blood transfusions and underwent surgery that saved her leg.

Later, the Japanese Consul General to Nepal went to the local Chabad house to thank the hikers who had rescued Sujiyama.
“We thank the Nation of Israel,” he said. He also told Rabbi Lifshitz that Sujiyama wanted to directly thank the Israelis who had saved her life, and wanted to say that she “loves the Jewish people.”

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