Mother care

An Israeli nurse fed the baby of a Palestinian woman, who was seriously wounded in a car accident, as Israeli doctors fought for her life.

An Israeli woman committed an outstanding act of kindness when she nursed the baby of a Palestinian woman, who was seriously wounded in a car accident, and taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

Ula Ostrowski-Zak, a nurse at the pediatric emergency room at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, nursed Yaman, a nine-month-old Palestinian baby from Hebron, while Israeli doctors fought for his mother’s life.

“His aunts were surprised that a Jew agreed to nurse him, but I told them that every mother would do it,” Ostrowski-Zak told Israel’s Ynet news.

On Friday, Yaman’s parents collided with an Israeli bus. His father was instantly killed, while his mother, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained a serious head injury.

The baby Yaman was lightly injured, but refused to eat from a bottle due to the trauma, and there was no one to nurse him, until Ostrowski-Zak arrived.

“They asked me if I could help them find someone who would nurse the baby,” said Ostrowski-Zak. “As a nursing mother, I didn’t hesitate and suggested that I do it myself.”

She is the mother of an eighteen-month old girl.

While caring for other children, she fed the baby.

“I fed him five times,” she told Ynet. “His aunts embraced me and thanked me. They were really surprised and told me that no Jewish women would agree to nurse a Palestinian baby they did not know.”

When Ula went home, a replacement was in need. She posted a request for help on a Facebook group for nursing mothers called La Leche League, and was amazed by the support.

“Within two hours I received more than a thousand likes and responses from women who volunteered to help, women who were willing to travel even from Haifa [in the north] to nurse him. In-between, I continued to try to expose the child to the bottle, but without success,” she recounted.

The baby’s mother is still in serious condition, while the baby was discharged to his aunt’s care.

By: United with Israel Staff

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Source: United with Israel