IDF soldiers aid in birth of Palestinian baby

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

IDF (Zahal) medical forces safely delivered a Palestinian baby girl after her mother arrived at the gate of the Neve Tzuf community suffering from birth complications

Date: 17/03/2011, 4:03 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

IDF (Zahal) medical forces helped safely deliver a Palestinian baby girl on Wednesday (Mar. 16) near the community of Neve Tzuf. A young Palestinian woman, who had gone into labor and was suffering from birth complications, arrived at the entrance gate of the community by taxi. Soldiers in the area were able to deliver the baby successfully and to transport the mother and her newborn child to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

The event took place in the afternoon, with the Palestinian mother arriving while in a late stage of labor. Preliminary examinations conducted by IDF (Zahal) soldiers at the scene found that the lives of both the mother and her baby were in danger due to birth complications, and thus they needed to begin to deliver the baby as quickly as possible.

The IDF (Zahal) medical crew began giving care to the woman. The baby girl, whose head was already coming out, was not breathing due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around her neck. The soldiers noticed the situation and quickly cut the umbilical cord which allowed the baby girl to begin breathing on her own. The mother’s condition also stabilized and after the birth the two were transported to a hospital for further treatment.

Just a month ago, in a different event, an IDF (Zahal) medical crew successfully delivered a baby of a Palestinian woman in the Jordan Valley. The woman gave birth in a military ambulance. The baby had trouble breathing on its own and was successfully resuscitated before being flown by helicopter to the Hadassah Medical Center.