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Section of an El Al Plane Turned into Intensive Care Ward for Paralyzed Passenger

The El Al airline transformed a 16-seat section of its passenger aircraft into a special intensive care ward for a paralyzed passenger on its flight to Johannesburg last week.

The passenger, William Frazer, a South African citizen who had worked for the Save the Children Fund in Lesotho, arrived in Israel from India two weeks ago but became paralyzed while here.

A South African expert who flew here to examine him decided that Frazer should be flown home for treatment. A South African doctor and nurse arrived in Israel last week with special equipment which was installed by El Al in a specially-cleared rear section of the aircraft. It included a respirator, electric monitors and large oxygen tanks.

The cost of the installation and transfer of the patient and his medical attendants is being borne by Frazer’s health insurance policy.