IDF saves Palestinian baby after he suffers heart attack
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IDF saves Palestinian baby after he suffers heart attack

Infant medevaced from Allenby Bridge crossing by army helicopter to Jerusalem hospital, remains in stable condition

Magen David Adom and army personnel use an IDF helicopter to evacuate a Palestinian infant to an Israeli hospital on December 27, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube/Ynet)
Magen David Adom and army personnel use an IDF helicopter to evacuate a Palestinian infant to an Israeli hospital on December 27, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube/Ynet)

A Palestinian baby’s life was saved after he collapsed at a Jordanian border crossing and was evacuated by IDF helicopter to a Jerusalem hospital.

The six-month-old infant was believed to have suffered a heart attack on Saturday morning while traveling with his family from their home in the West Bank to receive medial treatment in the Hashemite Kingdom, according to a Ynet report.

His condition prompted medics on the Allenby Bridge to request a medical air evacuation by the IDF.

A Palestinian doctor initially requested for the boy to seek medical treatment in Jordan, as the mother reported that the infant suffers from heart problems.

The Allenby Bridge border crossing seen from the Jordanian side. (photo credit: Courtesy Abutoum, Wikipedia)
The Allenby Bridge border crossing seen from the Jordanian side. (photo credit: Courtesy Abutoum, Wikipedia)

“We found an unconscious child with no heart rate,” Magen David Adom paramedics Hashan Aala and Nader Komz told Ynet, adding that they arrived at the scene after local medics applied first aid measures in order to save the baby.

“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.”

A representative from COGAT, an army branch that is tasked with coordinating between the IDF and the Palestinian Authority, later granted permission for the boy to be evacuated to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. Additional permits were also granted to members of the boy’s family.

The boy remains in stable condition.

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