(photo credit: Rambam Hospital)
An Eritrean refugee woman gave birth in the x-ray room of Tel Aviv Sourasky
Medical Center on Monday night because hospital regulations require that such
patients be screened for tuberculosis to prevent other patients from being
Although it was her first delivery, the woman gave birth just
15 minutes after reaching the radiology department. The hospital spokesman said
doctors thought it would take three hours for her to have the
Amnesty International/Israel, which reported on the case, called on
Health Minister Yael German to require such lung examinations of patients based
on medical considerations and not on their ethnic background.
organization also said that illegal refugees who go to the hospital to give
birth are kept separate, often under crowded conditions.
established these requirements, with the ministry’s consent, several months
The voluntary organization claimed that performing such an X-ray on
the woman’s chest endangered the baby, but the hospital spokesman said that at
that stage, just a short time before delivery, “the fetus was in no
He added that given that TB is endemic in African countries, an
X-ray to rule out the disease “protects the mother as well as other
Since the regulation was put into action, four women with
“active TB” have been identified, the spokesman said. For a firsttime mother to
deliver a baby so fast is rare, occurring in only one percent of cases. The
woman was “sent to the radiology department accompanied by a registered nurse,
and the delivery was successful.
The mother and baby are well,” the