Yet another Syrian refugee has sought and received life-saving medical treatment in Israel.
March 11, 23018
A pregnant Syrian woman was facing an impossible decision – her own death or the death of her unborn child. She decided to save both by entering Israel to be treated at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The decision paid off when she returned home on Tuesday with a healthy baby boy, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.
In Syria, the woman’s doctor performed an ultrasound and told her a normal birth would be impossible and that a C-section would be too risky because it could lead to her death or the baby’s. Due to previous cesarean deliveries, the baby’s placenta had become entangled in the mother’s uterine muscles.
She was given a few options, the first being that she could travel north to a Damascus hospital, which had more modern facilities, or travel to Israel. She originally chose to go to Damascus but was blocked by the heavy fighting in the Syrian civil war.
Facing an impossible situation if she stayed in her village, the woman left her husband and children to travel to Israel for treatment.
A few days after her arrival, she was admitted to the maternity ward at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa under the care of Prof. Ido Solt, who praised the Syrian doctor’s diagnosis. Solt, an expert in high-risk-pregnancies, is head of the maternal-fetal medicine division in the hospital’s obstetrics/gynecology department.
“A normal caesarean would have been impossible, as you would have bled to death,” Solt told the mother, “We will have to do a more complicated procedure.”
Solt worked with doctors in the vascular surgery and transplantation department to plan a procedure that most likely could not have been performed in Syria. Two balloons were inserted into the mother’s uterine arteries to prevent hemorrhaging. Next, obstetricians performed a C-section, delivering a baby who was transferred to an incubator in the neonatology department. Other doctors then sutured the mother’s uterus without complications.
During the first few days in the maternity ward, the baby fought off infections. Though the mother was extremely thankful for the medical care she received, she missed her family back in Syria. She said her husband, whom she had not heard from since she left for Israel, had no idea if she survived the operation. “Now my husband will have a wonderful surprise,” she said.