Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

More Than 80 Women Give Birth at Hadassah Medical Center During Jerusalem Snowstorm

December 16, 2013 12:30 am 1 comment

MDA ambulance on snow-covered road during the massive snowstorm that struck Israel. Photo: Magen David Adom.

While Jerusalem remained in lockdown over the weekend, as snow and power outages took over the city, Hadassah Medical Center worked overtime to meet the needs of 80 women who gave birth during the snowstorm.

Professor Simcha Yagel, the head of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hadassah, told Tazpit News Agency that hospital staff and technicians both at Hadassah’s Ein Karem and Mount Scopus hospitals had prepared earlier for the snowstorm. “The administration worked out how many doctors and nurses would be working at each hospital,” explained Yagel.  “Food and medical supplies were also taken care of beforehand.”

“The stress level was high – I don’t remember such a time at the hospital,” said Yagel, who had just finished performing five caesarian sections on Sunday before the interview. “The weather presented us with many challenges.”

“There were nurses who worked 16-hour shifts because the blocked roads prevented other nurses from coming in. We also had a doctor who came in on Thursday and stayed through Sunday,” Yagel told Tazpit.

Yagel recounted how one ambulance transported two expectant mothers to Hadassah – not typical protocol. In another case, rescue teams were able to transport an expectant mother to the hospital after Route 443 was blocked by snow and stuck cars. “Her water could have broken in the middle of the highway in the traffic jam, but thanks to rescue efforts, the mother was transported safely to the hospital.”

According to Magen David Adom (MDA), more than 200 pregnant women were transported by Israel’s largest ambulance service during the storms.

Imad Salman, an MDA ambulance volunteer, received a call at 4:00 am in the morning that a 34-year-old pregnant woman from Beitar Illit in Gush Etzion needed medical attention.

“We contacted local authorities telling them to clear the way for us, because we knew the roads were blocked by snow,” recalled Salman.  “We were able to reach her and have her transferred to the ambulance. However, at the moment that we were about to leave Beitar Illit, we got another call; another 25-year-old woman was giving birth in her home.”

“We notified a local on-call doctor who arrived to help the young mother give birth. In order to get to the hospital as fast as possible, we took the new mother and her small baby with us in the ambulance together with the other mother in labor,” described Salman.

“ŽThe ride back from the Judean Hills to Jerusalem was extremely difficult due to the heavy snowfall. At some point, the women had to be transferred into a 4×4 ambulance and safely transferred to Hadassah. Similar stories also took place in northern Israel’s Safed.

An IAF aircraft also assisted an Israeli woman in labor from the Yitzhar community, delivering her safely to Jerusalem, where she gave birth at the hospital.

“Everyone functioned at their best despite all the challenges of the snowstorm, including rescue crews, MDA, and the hospital staff,” said Professor Yagel. “There is nothing to complain about here, except for the snow,” the physician concluded. “We’ll all be happy when it melts away.”

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

    Read more →
  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

    Read more →
  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

    Read more →