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Israeli Nurse Breastfeeds Palestinian Baby After His Mom Was Injured In An Accident

Israeli Nurse Breastfeeds Palestinian Baby After His Mom Was Injured In An Accident
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9-month-old baby boy, Yamen, was chilling in his car seat as his mother and father were driving in the West Bank.

Then they collided with a bus.

The crash killed his father and left his mom with a critical head injury, knocking her unconscious. Miraculously, Yamen emerged from the wreckage with only a few minor injuries.

He was inconsolably hungry, crying for seven hours straight and refusing to take a bottle, as he was exclusively breastfed.

Yamen's aunts who rushed to the Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center in Jerusalem where the infant and his parents were taken to after the accident, flagged down nurse Ola Ostrowski-Zak and informed her of the situation and pleaded for her help in finding anyone available to nurse the child.

Ostrowski-Zak's first instinct was to do it herself.

In an interview with Today the nurse talked about the experience nursing the child: that she felt a "unique connection" the second Yamen started drinking her milk. Ostrowski-Zak has an 18-month-old son herself, Ayam.

Yamen's aunts confessed to Ostrowski-Zak that they were floored by her gesture, saying that they didn't expect a Jewish person to help them, an assumption the nurse found unfortunate.

"I was emotional about this sad assumption. I know any Jewish mother would have done the same."

Before Ostrowski-Zak's shift nurse shift ended, she posted to a Facebook page urging other mothers to come and volunteer to feed Yamen.

In just two hours, her post spread like wildfire with tons of people volunteering to nurse baby Yamen, with some mothers offering to drive from over 70 miles to satisfy the hungry child. Otrowski-Zak says that her story represents "the real Israel."

"Any mother in Israel would have helped him. The human connection is very strong."

As for Yamen, he recovered from his injuries and was discharged from the hospital after two days. His mother is in critical but stable condition and is expected to make a recovery. 

(h/t today)

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