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First baby born at IDF field hospital in Philippines


A day after arriving in typhoon-struck Philippines, Israel Defense Forces field hospital medical staff delivered a baby, whom the mayor of Bogo City, where the hospital was established, announced will be named “Israel.”

The new life follows the Philippines’ massive loss of life. A statement by the U.N. placed the typhoon’s death toll at 4,460, with 920,000 people displaced by the storm.

The field hospital began treating the sick and injured on Friday, Nov. 8, delivering its first baby the same day.

“Israel,” the male baby, was born in his eighth month, weighing 4.7 pounds. He was delivered by three doctors and two midwives of the delegate’s gynecological staff.

The field hospital includes x-ray and delivery rooms, and is able to absorb 500 patients a day.


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