Photo: MDA paramedics
Palestinian baby collapsed while crossing the border between the West Bank and Jordan
Photo: MDA paramedics

Israel saves life of Palestinian baby, after child collapses at border crossing

Baby was traveling with family from West Bank to Jordan to receive medical care in Jordan, but his health deteriorated as he was trying to cross border, leading to massive Israeli rescue operation.

A Palestinian baby collapsed while crossing the border between the West Bank and Jordan, prompting the IDF to send a helicopter to evacuate the child to a Jerusalem hospital, effectively saving his life.



Video: MDA paramedics    (צילום: דוברות מד"א)

Video: MDA paramedics


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The six-month-old boy was crossing the Allenby Bridge (King Hussein Bridge), connecting the West Bank to Jordan, with his family Saturday to receive medical care in the Jordanian kingdom when he suffered what doctors think was a heart attack.


Photo: MDA paramedics
Photo: MDA paramedics


His sudden collapsed caught the attention of a border official who alerted paramedics who call the IDF.


The boy's mother told Ynet that her child suffers from heart problems and a local doctor told her she must "take him to Jordan for urgent medical care". However, en route to the kingdom, at around 11 am Saturday, the child collapsed.


Photo: MDA paramedics
Photo: MDA paramedics


"We found an unconscious child with no heart rate," MDA paramedics Hashan Aala and Nader Komz told Ynet, explaining they arrived after a local medical team administered first aid.


"We began resuscitation attempts and after a few minutes we were joined by a senior medical staff and IDF medical forces which had also arrived at the scene."


Photo: MDA paramedics
Photo: MDA paramedics

After stabilizing the boy, the senior doctor and IDF medical forces decided that in light of his serious yet stable state, the boy must be taken to hospital urgently.


A representative from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit (COGAT), located in nearby Jerico and charged with coordinating between the IDF and Palestinian Authority, quickly cleared the boy for entrance into Israel and he was taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center.



פרסום ראשון: 12.27.14, 17:39
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