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Israeli doctors in Romania to help burnt newborns
Romanian officials say 10 Israeli physicians to treat seven premature babies who are in critical condition after fire in intensive care unit in Bucharest hospital

Romanian officials say 10 Israeli doctors have arrived in Romania to treat seven premature babies who are in critical condition after a fire in an intensive care unit in a Bucharest hospital in which four other newborns died.

 

Romanian health official Raed Arafat says the Israeli doctors arrived Wednesday at the Grigore Alexandrescu children's hospital.

 

Dozens of people gathered outside the Giulesti maternity hospital, where the fire occurred, to light candles and leave flowers and fluffy toys.

 

Romanian doctors say the case is complicated by the fact that the infants weigh just 1-2.5 kilograms (2.2 to 5.5 pounds), and have up to 80% burns on their bodies and respiratory tracts.

  

It was not clear what caused the fire, but unconfirmed media reports pointed to a malfunctioning air-conditioning unit.

 

Monday's fire caused indignation in Romania, where health care is underfunded and understaffed. A witness said no medical staff were inside the intensive care unit at the time of the fire.

 

 

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