MDA Paramedics Save Palestinian Baby Who Suffered Heart Attack at Border

December 30, 2014

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Paramedics from Israel’s emergency ambulance services, together with soldiers of the IDF, saved the life of a Palestinian baby who collapsed at the border crossing with Jordan.

The family of the 6-month-old baby was taking their child, who suffers from a heart condition, across the border to Jordan over the weekend for medical treatment, Ynet reported. While at the border, the baby suffered what is believed to be a heart attack.

The family, who came from the Palestinian city of Kfar Tubas, saw a local doctor and were told to immediately take the child for emergency check up to a hospital in Jordan. One of the border guards saw that the child was losing consciousness, and immediately called emergency services to treat the child.

Without hesitating, Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics treated the child at the scene until an IDF helicopter arrived and evacuated the child to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

MDA paramedics Hashan Allah and Nadar Komez told reporters that they found the child unconscious and not breathing. “We began emergency resuscitation procedures. Shortly thereafter we were joined by higher ranking paramedics, and an IDF doctor. The doctor decided to transport the child while he was unconscious but stable, to Jerusalem,” they said.

A representative from COGAT (the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit), which is responsible for coordinating between the IDF and the Palestinian Authority, arranged for members of the baby’s family to enter Israel with him and accompany him to the hospital.

MDA has on staff Jews, Arabs, Christians and Druze and provide life saving services to people of all races and walks of life in all parts of Israel.

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