IDF soldiers come to aid of Palestinian baby

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2012

Israeli soldiers have rescued a 12-day old Palestinian baby in a potentially life-threatening condition.

The infant's panicked mother took her to an IDF post in the Binyamin region of the West Bank on Sunday evening, concerned by the girl's poor breathing.

"She was suffering from severe breathing difficulty and was simultaneously vomiting," said battalion doctor, Captain Michael Findler.

Soldiers treated the girl and stabilised her condition, then arranged for an ambulance to come to them and take her to hospital in Ramallah.

Captain Findler said incidents of this type had become commonplace, with residents aware that the IDF station would offer aid in emergency situations.

"Last time one of our paramedics treated a Palestinian girl suffering from meningitis, and in another incident I treated a jaundice patient who arrived with a severe cerebral hemorrhage," he said. "In both cases the patients were evacuated for additional medical care at Israeli hospitals."

Last updated: 3:31pm, April 25 2012