"They were really surprised and told me that no Jewish women would agree to nurse a Palestinian baby they did not know.”
Though feuds over religious differences have resulted in many wars, a Jewish nurse wasn’t about to let her own beliefs get in the way of saving a baby boy’s life. Last week, a Palestinian family was involved in a head-on car collision in Jerusalem. The father was killed instantly but the boy, Yaman Abu Ramila, was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital by paramedics for his lighter injuries.
After the 9-month-old’s aunts showed up, he cried for several hours and refused to eat from a bottle. Distraught, they asked the hospital staff for help. That’s when a Jewish nurse named Ula Ostrowski-Zak informed them that she is breastfeeding and would feed him.
Ula has an 18-month-old child of her own, and told the women that it felt like “feeding her own son.” The aunts of the infant were stunned but grateful she would help, reports YNet News.
“I fed him five times,” said Ula. “His aunts embraced me and thanked me. They were really surprised and told me that no Jewish women would agree to nurse a Palestinian baby they did not know.”
The nurse went one step further by taking to Facebook to find another woman who could feed the boy once he was discharged. The post accumulated over 1,000 responses and offers of help poured in. Eventually, another of Yaman’s aunts ended up volunteering to breastfeed him.
“Within two hours I received more than a thousand likes and responses from women who volunteered to help, women who were willing to travel even from Haifa to breastfeed him. In between, I continued to try to expose the child to the bottle but without success,” Ula explained.
Because Yaman’s mother is still in the hospital, he will stay with his grandparents in Hebron until she is fully healed. Please share this positive news and comment your thoughts below!