Israeli teams rescue two more victims in Haiti

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli rescue teams saved a female university student and a six-year-old girl from collapsed building in the devastated Republic of Haiti this week.

On Monday, Israeli teams were called to a ruined university building where two people were believed to be trapped. The Israelis managed to lift part of the wreckage and create an opening through which a live female student was rescued. The victim had been trapped in the building for six days.

A day later, a six-year-old Haitian girl was pulled from the ruins of her home in Port-au-Prince and rushed to the IsraAID clinic at the nearby stadium in serious condition. Israel doctors managed to stabilize the girl and move her to the Israel Home Front Command field hospital where she received life-saving surgery.

The advanced care being provided by Israel and the expertise of Israeli rescue crews is being widely hailed by Haitians and international media outlets on the ground in the earthquake-shaken nation.

Sky News described the Israeli medical facilities as the "Rolls Royce" of medical care in comparison to aid efforts by the UN and other international agencies.

CNN reported that the Israeli field hospital is the only facility equipped for complex surgery, and other aid missions are sending a steady stream of patients to the Israelis for advanced care.

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