Quake Survivor Names Newborn 'Israel'

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - In the midst of the tragedy and chaos in the Haitian capital, Israeli doctors delivered a healthy baby boy in an IDF field hospital on Saturday night.

The baby's grateful mother, Gubilande Jean Michel, named her newborn Israel.

Click here to view YouTube video of the baby, mother and IDF staff.

Earlier on Saturday, an IDF team worked eight hours to extricate a government worker who had been buried in the city's collapsed customs office for four days. He was evacuated in moderate condition to the field hospital.

Click here to view YouTube video of the rescue.

The hospital, which is set up in an industrial area and staffed with 40 doctors and 25 nurses and paramedics, took about eight hours to set up on Saturday. The staff began treating a steady stream of injured survivors immediately afterward.

"There is no hospital around, so the ambulances started bringing patients here," Col. Carmi Bar-Tal, deputy commander of the IDF emergency and medical unit, said, comparing the situation outside to a war zone.

"We have the capacity to help," the colonel said. "We know how to bring medicine to the field."

IDF officials said there's a five to six day window in which to rescue survivors trapped under debris. After that, chances for survival are slim.

Medical staff estimated that 30 percent of the first 100 patients are in serious condition, 50 percent in moderate condition, and the remaining 20 percent are lightly injured.

More than half of the injured are children, aged 16 and younger, many with fractured arms and legs.

Within hours, doctors had performed 10 life-saving surgeries, the IDF reported.


The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.

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