On Sunday night (17 January) a resident of Port-au-Prince gave birth to a son at the Israeli field hospital. As a token of appreciation and gratitude, his mother decided to name him Israel in honor of the country that helped her. On Januyar 18, the IDF delegation in Haiti helped in the rescue of two female students who had been buried under the ruins of the university in Port-au-Prince.
Approximately 200 patients were admitted to the hospital thus far. 39 life-saving surgeries and three births were carried out, one of them the delivery of a 1.8 kilogram premature baby.
The Israeli delegation landed in the capital of Port-Au-Prince on Friday evening (15 January) and established its operation center in a soccer field near the airport. A second delegation departed on 18 January.
Two teams, comprised of search and rescue personnel and canine operators from the IDF canine unit were sent out on rescue missions. The first team was sent to the Haiti UN headquarters in order to assist in rescuing survivors. The rescue teams are working in cooperation with local authorities in order to reach disaster struck areas where survivors can be located and assisted.
– Israeli aid arrives in Haiti
– Israeli search and rescue team enters Port-au-Prince University which collapsed while classes were in session to assist in the evacuation of survivors and victims
– Canine operator and his dog search in the ruins of UN headquarters in Haiti
– Survivors treated by Israeli doctors
The IDF Medical and Rescue Team set up a field hospital in Port-Au-Prince and is beginning to treat patients there. The field hospital is prepared to receive dozens of ambulances evacuating injured children from the different disaster struck areas. Between Friday night and Saturday, dozens of truckloads of medical and logistical equipment were unloaded and the field hospital set up.