Haiti: mother named her son Israel

Doctor Shir, who works at Hadassah, delivered the first healthy baby in the Israeli hospital. The mother told Dr. Shir that she would name her son Israel.

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Haiti: mother named her son Israel

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Amid the tragedy and devastation encompassing the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince since Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake, a happy event took place Sunday inside the field hospital erected by the Israeli relief delegation in the city. Doctor Shir, who works at Hadassah, delivered the first healthy baby in the Israeli hospital.

The mother told Dr. Shir that she would name her son Israel. "Amid all the death around us," the doctor said, "it is very symbolic." He added that childbirth in Haiti doesn't usually take place in a hospital in the impoverished country, and that this particular woman received the best care from the best doctors.

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