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Honors available at a weekday morning service on a Monday or Thursday are, in order: Leading the service Opening the ark Aliyot (three available) Lifting the Torah (possibly not a good idea if she's still weak) Rolling the Torah back up Tikkun Any of these honors would work. Aliyot work well because they're most clearly "awards" and it gives you a chance ...
If there's a Torah reading, give her an aliyah, and afterwards do a Mi SheBerach prayer. The usual one blesses the person "for coming up for the honor of the Torah", but add in "and for saving lives with her blood." Or if she doesn't want an aliyah, have someone else do the aliyah, and include in their Mi Sheberach a blessing for Ms. So-and-so in honor of ...
Besides for textual exclusion through רעהו a non-Jew ought to to be excluded on logical grounds as well: The Trumas Hadeshen writes (ch. 111) that the reason for the enactment of Mishloach Manos was to provide food for the Purim seudah. It is thus reasonable logically that non-Jews were never included as recipients in the enactments.
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