Israeli Doctors Deliver Syrian Baby

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- A Syrian refugee who gave birth to her first child in an Israeli hospital Sunday morning said both she and her newborn are getting "wonderful, devoted care."

While Israeli doctors have treated numbers of Syrian's wounded in the prolonged civil war, this is the first time to deliver a baby here. The Jerusalem Post told her story while keeping her identity anonymous for security reasons.

According to the report, the 20-year-old mother, herself a nurse, asked to be taken to the border hoping the Israel Defense Forces would transport her to a hospital because there was no one to help her deliver in Syria.

She was "very afraid to go," she said, but the idea of giving birth alone at home was even more frightening. When she arrived at the Kuneitra crossing on the Golan Heights -- controlled by the U.N and the only crossing between Israel and Syria -- she was already in early labor.

Israeli soldiers transported her without delay to the medical center at Safed, where she gave birth to a healthy baby.

"I don't feel like I am in an enemy country," the Post quoted her. "The staff are all helping me and worrying about me," she said, adding that her baby "is getting wonderful, devoted care as well."

The young mother confirmed that food is scarce now in Syria and that people are surviving mainly on rice.

The nurse in charge of the delivery rooms said "we gave her a hug, a shower, and food," as well as postnatal counsel.

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