Praise for Israeli mission in Haiti

Posted: January 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Praise for Israeli mission in Haiti,

January 23, 2010

IDF Doctors Transfer Premature Babies to Local Hospital in Haiti, 23 January 2010

Major Doctor Yuval Levi transferring a premature baby born in the IDF field hospital to a local hospital in Haiti 
Capt. Nurse Margarita Mamdov transferring a premature baby born in the IDF field hospital to a local hospital in Haiti 

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January 23, 2010

Pictures from IDF Aid Mission in Haiti, 23 January 2010

The IDF continues to provide different types of assistance to the local Haitian population. In this picture, Brig.-Gen. Shalom Ben Aryeh, the commander of the delegation, and Maj. Zohar Moshe, one of the commanders of the search and rescue team who pulled a 22 year old man from the rubble of a 3 story building yesterday, stand next to the bed of the rescued man. 
The IDF continues to provide different types of assistance to the local Haitian population. In this picture, Brig.-Gen. Shalom Ben Aryeh, the commander of the delegation, and Maj. Zohar Moshe, one of the commanders of the search and rescue team who pulled a 22 year old man from the rubble of a 3 story building yesterday, stand next to the bed of the rescued man. 
The IDF continues to provide different types of assistance to the local Hatian population. In this picture an IDF soldier helps locals, left homeless by the earthquake, to build tents and temporary shelters. 
The IDF continues to provide different types of assistance to the local Hatian population. In this picture an IDF soldier helps locals, left homeless by the earthquake, to build tents and temporary shelters. 

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January 23, 2010

Update on IDF Activities in Haiti, 23 January 2010

January 23rd, 2010 

IDF Aid Delegation Continues Providing Assistance and Support to Haiti 


 

The IDF aid delegation in Haiti will continue to provide assistance and support in various ways to the local population. Only Today, three water towers capable of holding up to 12 thousand liters of water each, were built by the delegation’s representatives in order to supply the residents with a water infrastructure. Shelters and tents have also been constructed in order to provide refuge for those who have lost their homes. Civil engineers in The Israeli delegation in Haiti also opened central traffic routes that had been blocked in the aftermath of the earthquake. 

These missions were enabled through the computer analysis of aerial photographs of the area of Port- Au-Prince, stricken by the earthquake, providing real time situation analysis. 

Thus far, 720 people have been treated at the IDF field hospital, 233 life-saving surgeries were performed, 10 babies were delivered, two of which in Caesarean births. Most of the patients currently being cared for in the field hospital are considered to be in moderate condition. 

Today, 15 patients from the Israeli field hospital in Haiti will be transferred to the U.S. Navy hospital ship “Comfort” in order to receive further medical treatment. This transfer was coordinated with the American delegation in Haiti. Additionally, two premature babies delivered in the Israeli field hospital will be transferred to a local hospital later today. 

The Haitian government announced on Friday, January 22nd, 2010 that the rescue efforts in the country have officially ended. The IDF rescue teams have began to operate based on specific indications or calls for help. 

Also on Friday, a 22-year-old Haitian man was saved by the Israeli Search and Rescue team from the ruins of a three-story building, near the presidential residence in the southern side of the city. The rescue was enabled due to information received by Population Management officers from the Home Front Command directed to the location of the trapped man by local residents. The man was transferred to the IDF field hospital in stable condition in order to receive further medical treatment. 

On Sunday, the Home Front Command will conduct a status assessment regarding the IDF’s future activity in Haiti. 

The Israeli field hospital was established in order to provide a first response to the citizens of Haiti until the arrival of additional medical forces capable of dealing with the magnitude of the situation. 

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January 23, 2010

Video: Hatian Man Buried for 10 Days Rescued by IDF Search and Rescue Team

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During the day, January 22, 2010, an IDF search and rescue team in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, rescued a 22 year old man, who had been trapped under the rubble of a building near the presidential palace for nearly 10 days. He was taken to the IDF field hospital in stable condition. 

A search conducted by Population Management officers from the Home Front Command, headed by Lt. Col. Rami Peletz, were directed to the location of the trapped man by local residents. 

American and French doctors were unable to rescue the trapped man and called upon the Israeli delegations search and rescue teams who rescued the man within half an hour, from a tunnel, 2.5-3-meters long and were able to release him whole and healthy, said Maj. Zohar Moshe, a member of the rescue team. 

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January 23, 2010

Mike, Diagnosed with Stage 5 Leukemia en route to Miami Hospital, 22 January 2010

Mike, a four year old Hatian boy, who was brought to the IDF field hospital in Port-au-Prince this morning by his father because of vomiting and weakness. Mike, his two siblings and his parents had been living on the street since the earthquake because their house was destroyed. 

Dr. Amit Assa ran blood tests, and diagnosed him with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, most likely M5. Given the diagnosis, Mike will most likely need chemotherapy and probably a bone marrow transplant. 

Because the IDF field hospital is not equipped to deal with such long-term and complex treatments, and because his condition was urgent, we tried to find an organization to arrange for him to go to the United States and recieve treatment there. There was an overwhelming and rapid response from many different individuals and organizations, and a few hours ago a group called “God’s Planet” came to the field hospital to pick up Mike and take him to Miami Hospital where he will be recieving treatment for his cancer. 

Mike, with his father and Dr. Ran Sagi and Dr. Amit Assa 
Mike, age 4, diagnosed with Leukemia, will be treated at Miami hospital 

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January 23, 2010

IDF Search & Rescue Team Save 22 Year Old Haitian Man, Buried for 10 Days, 22 January 2010

22 January 2010
 

After nearly 10 days, an Israeli Search and Rescue team saved a 22-year-old Haitian man from the ruins of a three-story building, near the presidential residence in the southern side of the city. The man was transferred to the IDF field hospital in stable condition and is currently receiving further medical care. 

A search conducted by Population Management officers from the Home Front Command, headed by Lt. Col. Rami Peletz, were directed to the location of the trapped man by local residents. 

“American and French doctors were unable to rescue the trapped man and called upon the Israeli delegation’s search and rescue teams who rescued the man within half an hour, from a tunnel, 2.5-3-meters long and were able to release him whole and healthy,” said Maj. Zohar Moshe, a member of the rescue team. 

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January 22, 2010

Urgent: Mike, 4, needs treatment in the US, ASAP

Mike, a four year old child was brought into the IDF field hospital today.  We ran a blood test and discovered he has Lukemia, and if he isn’t treated in a proper hospital he will die. 

The IDF field hospital in Haiti does not have the equipment or the resources to transport this child to a proper hospital in the US. We need someone or some organization arrange to take him to a hospital in the US and pay for the treatments. This is very urgent, he needs to start receiving care immediately. 

Details from Dr. Amit Assa: 

The boy came in because of vomiting and weakness. A blood test was taken and he was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Most likely M5. Dr. Assa predicts that he will need Remission Induction (Chemotherapy) and probably a bone marrow transplant.
He has a family (mother, father, 2 siblings) and their house was destroyed so they are currently on the street. 

Please e-mail any information to: IDFinHaiti@gmail.com 

 

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January 22, 2010

More Pictures from the IDF Field Hospital in Haiti, 22 January 2010

EMT Maya Yeger tends to a child in the Pediatrics Ward of the IDF field hospital in Haiti 
Second Lt. Tamar Levi talks to a girl in the Pediatrics Ward of the IDF field hospital in Haiti 
Capt Galit Binder, a nurse, tending to a child in the Pediatrics ward of the IDF field hospital in Haiti 

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January 21, 2010

Pictures from the Children’s Tent in the IDF Field Hospital in Haiti, 21 January 2010

A Medic at the IDF Field Hospital in Port-au-Prince Checks Up on an Injured Child 
A Young Girl Sits in the Pediatric Department Tent of the IDF Field Hospital in Haiti 
Children’s Ward in the IDF Field Hospital in Haiti 

The IDF field hospital in Haiti has a fully equipped childrens department with 9 pediatrics doctors, where the young victims of the earthquake which devastated Haiti over a week ago, are being treated. Dozens of children have been treated at the hospital, including two young siblings who were rescued from the rubble after seven days by an American search and rescue team. The brother and sister were in good condition, and were released from the Israeli field hospital later the same day. 

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January 20, 2010

Summary of IDF Aid Activity In Haiti Thus Far, 20 Jan 2010

An IDF delegation headed by OC Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, landed in Haiti last night .  

Today, delegation commanders and search and rescue officers who arrived in Haiti on Friday held a consultation meeting.   

Furthermore, OC Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, and the Israeli ambassador to Haiti, Amos Radian, met with the prime minister of Haiti and toured the demolished UN headquarters and other disaster areas, in order to assess the continuation of the Israeli aid.  

So far, 383 people have been treated in the hospital, among them dozens of children. 140 life saving operations were executed and seven babies were delivered. As of now, approximately 60 patients are being treated in different departments of the hospital.   

Last night, two children who were trapped under the ruins of a building for seven days and then rescued by an American team were brought to the IDF hospital for treatment.   

Approximately 43 rescue teams from around the world, comprised of 1800 rescue personnel and 160 dogs, are actively operating throughout Haiti.  

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Look what the Jewish people are doing — and so proud are they in Israel.

Praise for Israeli mission in Haiti: ‘Only ones operating’  Y Net newsIsraeli field hospital earns accolades as only aid mission able to do complex surgery in devastated country. CNN reports other missions transfer patients to Israeli base. ABC reports on young woman giving birth therem

The valiant work of Israel’s rescue mission to Haiti has been widely covered in the Israeli press. Now it has earned praise from a surprising source: On Monday, US media broadcast items praising the assistance provided by Israel, and one reporter even sent a letter of thanks to Israeli representatives in New York.

CNN reported that Israel is the only state so far to have sent a field hospital equipped with all that is required for surgical operations. Doctors from various missions send patients requiring surgery to Israel’s makeshift hospital, particularly those whose condition is critical, the news network said.

According to the report, other field hospitals contain no more than stretcher beds and medical teams who administer first aid, and they are not prepared for complex surgery

UPDATE: Another team is enroute:

An additional IDF rescue and medical aid team is scheduled to depart to Haiti Monday night and will include Home Front Command Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, Director General of the Ministry of Health Dr. Eytan Chai-Am, and Surgeon General, Brig. Gen. Nachman Ash.

The delegation will deliver relief reinforcements that include medicine and additional equipment and will examine the needs of the IDF medical staff on the scene.

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Haiti: Woman gives birth in IDF field hospital
Article by E.B. Solomont, JPost Correspondent in Port-Au-Prince, January 18, 2010

Rescuers describe ‘Shabbat from hell’
Article by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, January 15, 2010

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=9591907 Dr. Besser Assists in Haitian Baby’s Birth
Video Clip: Dr. Richard Besser helps a woman deliver her child amid the chaos in Haiti.  January 18, 2010

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Video Clip: Infections ‘Out of Control’
Elizabeth Cohen visits an Israeli hospital in Haiti. 
January 18, 2010
Slow medical care is one more thing for quake victims to survive
Article by Elizabeth Cohen, January 17, 2010
 
 
 

 

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ZAKA mission to Haiti ‘proudly desecrating Shabbat’
Article by Amit Levy, January 17, 2010

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1143165.html

Israeli team to halt Haiti search efforts Monday
Article by Natasha Mozgovaya, January 18, 2010

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/01/israel-working-in-haiti.html

ISRAEL: Sending Soldiers of Peace to Haiti
Article by Batsheva Sobelman, January 17, 2010

Friends of the IDF reprots:

As a response to the disaster in Haiti , the IDF has sent a Medical and Rescue Team of over 220 members, among them Search and Rescue teams, doctors, nurses, members of the Communications Corps, and more. The IDF delegation arrived in Port-Au-Prince , Haiti and immediately set up a Communications Center and a Field Hospital in a soccer field near the air port, equipped with some of the finest medical and logistical equipment Israel could provide. They began accepting and treating the wounded right away, while Search and Rescue forces continued to locate and rescue survivors trapped in the rubble, including many who were injured during the collapse of the UN headquarters.

The IDF delegation to Haiti , led by the Commander of the Land Search and Rescue Squadron of the Home Front Command, Brig. Gen. (res.) Shalom Ben-Aryeh, will stop searching for people trapped under ruins in Port-au-Prince starting on Tuesday, Jan. 19th.  More than four days after the severe earthquake, and upon evaluation of the situation by commanders of the delegation in the field and in Israel , it has been decided that at that time there will be a zero percent chance of finding survivors. However, Home Front Command forces will remain with the delegation for the next two weeks, assisting the Medical Corps in manning the IDF field hospital in the disaster zone.

As of Monday, Jan. 18th, the IDF Medical Corps has treated approximately 200 injured people. 30% of the injured in the hospital are in serious condition, 50% are moderately injured and the rest are lightly injured. More than half of the injured are under the age of 16. The majority of injuries are limb injuries and bone fractures. 25 life-saving surgeries have been performed.

The director of the Haiti field hospital, Col. Dr. Itzik Reis, explained that the IDF delegation is also giving assistance “to people from emergency crews from all over the world – who simply are not capable of dealing with everyone who needs help and giving them treatment.” Col. Reis added: “We have all of the necessary equipment here, it is exactly like a hospital in Israel .”

Today, Monday the 18th, the Israeli forces running the hospital were joined by 9 volunteer doctors from Los Angeles. With so many wounded and so many medical needs to address in this time of crisis, all the help provided by the various countries coming to the aid of the people of Haiti is crucial.

An additional IDF aid delegation is scheduled to depart to Haiti tonight, Monday the 18th. The delegation will be headed by the GOC of the Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, and will also include the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Eytan Chai-Am, and the Chief Medical Officer, Brig. Gen. Nachman Ash.

The delegation will deliver relief reinforcements that include medicine and additional equipment. Upon its arrival, the delegation will examine the needs of the IDF medical staff on the scene. The duration of the Israeli forces’ stay in Haiti has yet to be determined, however their devotion to the mission of helping the local population is unwavering, and they continue to work around the clock to provide the medical attention so direly needed in the region.

 

 
 
 
 

 

“Our decision to immediately dispatch a large delegation of doctors, nurses, medics, rescue forces as well as drugs and medical equipment to Haiti expresses the deep values which have characterized the Jewish people and the State of Israel throughout history,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

On Friday, two Israeli jets carrying nearly 10 tons of medical equipment, doctors, nurses, medics, police forces and an elite search and rescue team landed in Haiti. The 220-person delegation is led by Brig. Gen. Shalom Ben-Aryeh (Res.), the commander of the Home Front Command’s National Search and Rescue Unit.

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Thus far, the Israeli search and rescue units have rescued 70 people from beneath the rubble.

In addition to deploying search and rescue units to find survivors, Israel established a field hospital that includes 40 doctors, 24 nurses, medics, paramedics, x-ray equipment and personnel, a pharmacy, an emergency room, two surgery rooms, an incubation ward, a children’s ward, a maternity ward, and more. The field hospital is capable of treating nearly 500 victims per day and performing initial surgeries.

 Former US President Bill Clinton said that he didn’t know “what we’d have done without Israel’s field hospital in Haiti.” The compliment was expressed to Israel’s President Shimon Peres during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“The Israeli hospital was the only operational facility which was able to perform surgery and advanced tests,” Clinton said and praised the Israeli mission.

 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

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