Pregnant woman dies after minor car crash; baby delivered in emergency surgery
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Pregnant woman dies after minor car crash; baby delivered in emergency surgery

Victim from northern Israel, who was 28 weeks pregnant, was released from hospital but returned several hours later in critical condition

Illustrative: Doctors perform surgery at a hospital in Israel (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Illustrative: Doctors perform surgery at a hospital in Israel (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Health officials were investigating Friday the death of a 37-year-old pregnant woman who had been sent home from the hospital following a minor car crash. Doctors managed to deliver the pre-term baby in an emergency operation.

The woman from the town of Qalansawe in northern Israel was admitted to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba on Thursday after being involved in a minor accident. Doctors examined her and the 28-week-old fetus. The hospital released her several hours later, saying she was fine, Chanel 10 reported.

The woman was brought back to the hospital later that night in critical condition and doctors failed to resuscitate her. They were able to deliver the baby in an emergency operation and it is currently in the intensive care unit, the report said.

The hospital said it was investigating the incident. After the woman was first admitted “she was observed for several hours and there were no signs that either she or the fetus had any problem,” the hospital said in a statement to Channel 10.

She was in a critical condition when she was brought back and “despite intensive efforts by the medical staff it was impossible to save her,” the hospital said. “The hospital has reported the incident to the Heath Ministry and has begun an investigation into the incident.”

Channel 10 said police were also investigating.

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