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IDF Doctor Saves Life of Month-Old Palestinian Baby

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Last night, in the Palestinian village of Beitin near Ramallah, a Palestinian baby started to choke in her home. The mother brought the baby to an IDF checkpoint, where a IDF doctor saved the baby’s life.

Last night, a tragedy nearly happened to a Palestinian family from the village of Beitin–their youngest daughter, a month-old baby, began to choke while playing with her ​​sister. Her troubled mother ran to the checkpoint seeking help, and an IDF officer from the division noticed the panicking mother with the choking infant in her arms. The officer immediatly called the nearest IDF doctor. Within a few minutes, Sec. Lt. Ben Tzanani and his team were at the scene and saved the baby’s life.

ramallah baby 2

“I got a phone call about a baby choking, and so I called up my medical team, and my commandor gave me a ride,” said sec. Lt. Tzanani. “Me and my medical team were first on the scene. I asked the family to bring the baby to our ambulance and I started to check her vitels.”

“I think it took about 5-7 minutes from the time the officer spotted them until we came,” recalled Sec. Lt. Tzanani. “Later on the ‘Red crescent’ (Palestinian ambulance) came and helped us, and also brigade’s doctor came to continue the examination. He saw the baby was recovering and that there was no need to evacuate her into Israel. So we handed her over to the Red Crescent ambulance, which took the baby to a hospital in Ramallah.”

ramallah baby 1

The doctor continued: “The division head quarters recieved many phone calls from the villagers of Beitin, who expressed their gratitude. In medical issues there is no difference between Palestinians and Jews. A month-old baby is a human being, and so we are obligated to save her life. There were many incidents when young Palestinians who were hurling rocks or shooting at soldiers received medical care from us. Nevertheless, this was my first incident with a baby,” concluded Sec. Lt. Tzanani.


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