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.
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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. Michael Findlar.
"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 said.
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.
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