When a medical emergency arose on a flight to the Holy Land, a celebrity doctor rose to the occasion and saved the life of a Birthright participant.
Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, a 29-year-old New York physician better known as "Doctor Mike", was aboard a Delta flight from New York City's JFK to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport when an incident occurred.
Matt Faraco, 26, from Atlanta, Ga., went into anaphylactic shock two hours into the flight.
“I was on the plane, I actually hadn’t eaten anything, but I noticed my hands were swelling. I told the stewardess I was feeling unwell. The team on the plane asked for any doctors on board and Dr. Mike stepped forward," Faraco explained.
Traveling to Israel with America's Voices in Israel, a non-profit that sends high-profile personalities to the Holy Land with a mission to foster a greater understanding of Israel in the United States, the celebrity doctor jumped into action.
"I felt my throat start to close," Faraco said. "I don’t normally have allergies and there was no EpiPen on the plane. Dr. Mike was able to use what was on board to help me, and he stayed with me and monitored my vitals for the rest of the flight. All I can say is how thankful I am. He really saved me.”