Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, is in critical condition after contracting the coronavirus last week.

“On Friday evening, he was put on a ventilator to assist his breathing. We expect Eli to be sedated for two days to two weeks and expect he will experience a full, if slow and difficult, recovery,” a statement by United Hatzalah chairpersons Mark and Erica Gerson said on Sunday.

“We are grateful for the outstanding care Eli is receiving at the hospital in Miami, and for the remarkable support that UH supporters are providing for him in Miami,” the statement added.

Last week, Beer arrived in Florida to fundraise for Hatzlalah and started experiencing shortness of breath and fever. He was taken to Miami University Hospital where he was diagnosed with coronavirus and pneumonia.

As Beer’s condition worsened, doctors decided this weekend to sedate him and place him on a respirator.

It is unclear where or from whom Beer contracted the deadly virus.

United Hatzalah of Israel is a fully volunteer organization that provides 24/7 fast and free emergency medical response services.