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.
“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.