ASHDOD (VINnews) — Yuval Carmi, the falafel store owner who touched the hearts of all Israelis when he broke down in tears during an emotional interview and described his deplorable financial situation during the coronavirus outbreak, suffered a cardiac attack which required him to undergo an immediate catheterization procedure to save his life.
Carmi has suffered vicious criticism since the interview, with some readers claiming that he is a “liar” and “crybaby” who lives in a villa and maintains a wealthy lifestyle. Carmi was very hurt by the insinuations and in recent days suffered severe chest pains and weakness.
Carmi even described how when he was waiting in the ER at Kaplan hospital, a woman recognized him and her husband said :”Yes that’s the crybaby from Ashdod.” He said that this really hurt him but that previously “I kept it all inside but I felt really bad for my wife and children who would come home every evening crying after they saw what was written about me on Facebook, that I’m wealthy and a cheat and a liar.”
Before his situation deteriorated, the emergency team at Rehovot’s Kaplan hospital led by Prof. Kobi George succeeded in catheterizing him and saving his life. Karmi praised Professor George and the team at the cardiac department and said “there’s no doubt that I took to heart my situation during the coronavirus.”
Professor George emphasized that “there is a clear influence from people’s emotional state to their physical condition and we may see many cases like this during this difficult period.”
Yuval just wants to go back to his falafel stand: “I miss the people, seeing them and making them smile. That’s my entire world,” he said.