NBC’s Dr. Snyderman Visits IDF Medics in Philippines, Leaves ‘in Awe’ (VIDEO)

November 16, 2013 8:06 pm 8 comments

An Israeli doctor in the Philippines. Photo: Screenshot.

NBC’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, said she left “in awe” of Israeli doctors and medics after paying a visit to an IDF field hospital serving victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which recently ravaged the Philippines.

The base was set up in Bogo, a small village on the northern island of Mactan, a location the Israelis selected because the locals “were poor and their needs were great”, according to the IDF Surgeon General in charge.

“As I left, I walked away in awe of this group of doctors: physician humanitarians, and medicine at its very best,” Dr. Snyderman wrote for NBC.

On its first day in operation the field hospital treated 370 patients, including 150 children, Israeli media reported.

“The Israeli team, which includes doctors, paramedics and nurses, has been performing surgeries and assisting with deliveries. One of the women whose delivery was assisted by an Israeli team has decided to name her newborn baby Israel,” Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot said.

Describing her experiences at the IDF facility Snyderman noted that she had seen the IDF in action before, in Haiti, following the country’s devastating earthquake of 2010.

“Smart. Sophisticated. Secure. This was what I had experienced with the IDF before,” she said. “But now I was impressed with something else: the place they had selected. This wasn’t a site where trauma surgeons were needed — those injuries in other towns were being addressed.  What the people of Bogo needed was good, solid medical care.  They were already living in poverty when the typhoon decimated their fragile infrastructure.”

So far over 3600 people have been reported killed by the typhoon, and thousands more are missing or have been displaced.

Watch Dr. Snyderman’s video report below:

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8 Comments

  • I have a Jewish Family (husband is Barbara Streisand’s cousin!) who have been trying to leave the Phillipines for a New Life in Israel since 01/10/13 .

    They were living in City : Catarman, Dauis
    State/Province : Bohol. I have all their details — phone number etc

    Is the Israeli delegation anywhere near them? They would like to return with them to Israel when they leave.

    Eric Wiseberg
    Aliya2Binyamin Co-ordinator
    http://www.homeinthehomeland.com
    (website updated each week — when did you last check?)
    aliya2bin@gmail.com
    Tel: 972-58-429-5210 or
    USA Number : 19148268883
    (receive calls from 4 am Israel Time — 6 days per week (not Shabbat).
    No other Aliya office in Israel available at this time of day!)

  • Sadly, it takes a catastrophe to awaken our pride and profound love for this tiny piece of real estate in the Mid-East whose people, without fail, reach out to those in need regardless of race, color or creed. G-d Bless Israel, G-d Bless the men and women of the IDF who put their lives on the line 24/7.

  • isaac brajtman

    Nothing new. Carry on the good work. Its done to help those in need, and one day will be appreciated

  • It’s called Tikun Olum…heal the world!

  • Great work. A true reflection of Jewish values and of the true nature of Israel.

  • Those Damn Israeli’s just can’t be trusted!!!

    JUST ONE QUESTION….Every time there’s some kind of catastrophe in the world including Arab countries the Israeli’s are among the first to arrive with help……HaS ANYONE EVER HEARD OR SEEN ANY ARAB COUNTRY OFFER ANY KIND OF HELP TO ANY ONE???????

  • Same as after the earthquake in Haiti. Help on the ground within 48 hours, patients seen almost immediately. Not bad for a country the size of New Jersey, eh? And never a word in the newspapers in the USA.

    But when Israel retaliates for daily rocket attacks on its Southern cities, they’re the “aggressor”.

  • Unfortunately, this news story will not be adequately reported in the mainstream media.

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