Soldiers save Palestinian baby near border crossing (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 04.23.12, 22:31)
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Home Front Command soldiers treat 10-day old Palestinian baby
suffering from respiratory distress with initial emergency care;
soldiers say ´not first time this happened´
The Home Front Command´s Kedem Battalion, which is currently
stationed near the Halamish settlement in the West Bank, saved the
life of a 10-day old Palestinian baby from one of the adjacent
villages, who was suffering from acute respiratory distress.
Following the soldiers´ care, a Red Crescent ambulance evacuated the
infant to a nearby hospital in Ramallah.
In the early hours of Monday morning, the baby´s Palestinian mother
made her way to the border crossing while carrying her sick daughter
in order to ask the soldiers for help.
A soldier who was on guard duty, noticing the mother´s distress,
immediately called the battalion´s physician, Lieutenant Colonel Dr.
"The baby suffered from severe respiratory distress and was
vomiting," said the military physician. "We immediately began
administering first aid and stabilized her condition.
"While several of us were treating the baby, another soldier called
an ambulance in order to evacuate her to the Ramallah hospital," he
According to Dr. Findlar, this was not the first incident of its
kind. He said local Palestinians realize they are better off turning
to IDF soldiers during a medical emergency.
"This was the third such incident in two weeks. They know we have a
regimental infirmary and a military ambulance," Findlar noted.
"Last time, one of the paramedics on guard treated a young girl
suffering from meningitis, and during the third incident, I treated a
girl who had severe jaundice. In both incidents, the patients were
transferred to an Israeli hospital for additional medical care," he
said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/23/12)
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