Dr. Mike treats Birthright participant on Israel flight

Courtesy of Lev Radin/Pacific Press via JTA

Dr. Mike Varshavski .

(JTA) — Celebrity physician Mikhail Varshavski administered emergency treatment to a participant of Birthright aboard a flight to Israel, possibly saving the patient’s life.

The incident occurred about two hours after takeoff, Ynet reported.

Varshavski, who is Jewish and also known as Dr. Mike, treated the 26-year-old’s acute allergic reaction after flight attendants asked whether there was a doctor aboard, according to the report July 4. Varshavski, who participated himself 10 years ago in the Birth Taglit Israel program for Diaspora Jews, monitored the patient’s condition until the plane landed.

This time, though, Varshavski, who is 29 years old and was born in Russia, was a guest of the group America’s Voices in Israel, which performs advocacy work by bringing celebrities to the Jewish state.

Varshavski, whose family immigrated to the United States when he was 5, has been featured in Buzzfeed and in People magazine’s 2015 issue of The Sexiest Man Alive. He has a YouTube channel that provides medically-themed educational entertainment.

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