Jewish Mom Nurses Palestinian Baby While Real Mother is Recovering from a Car Crash
Motherhood can truly ignite in a person a sense of maturity and unconditional love, and this was proven by yet another act of kindness shown in a most delicate and heartbreaking story.
The tragedy unfolds in Jerusalem when a car carrying a couple and their 9-month-old baby boy collided and crashed head-on with another vehicle. Sadly, the father suffered an instantaneous death, while the mother and baby were rushed to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. The baby, Yaman Abu Ramila, fortunately endured less severe injuries, but his mother’s condition requires a longer hospital stay.
When the little survivor’s Aunts came to the hospital to fetch their nephew, they were distraught to find the baby in an apparently inconsolable state, adamantly rejecting being bottle-fed and crying for hours on end. But then, the unlikeliest of all volunteers offered her breast to the hungry child. Her name was Ula Ostrowski-Zak.
Ula worked as a nurse in said hospital and happened to be Jewish. While the baby came from a Palestinian family, this fact did not stop Ula from following her basic human instinct and expressing intrinsic motherly care. In an interview with YNet News, Ula shares: “His aunts were surprised that a Jew agreed to breastfeed him, but I told them that every mother would do it. His aunts embraced me and thanked me.”
Being a mother to an 18-month-old baby herself, Ula was more than happy to comfort the otherwise inconsolable Yaman by offering him her breast milk. She didn’t allow the political and religious differences between Jews and Palestinians overshadow basic kindness and oneness as humans.
The kind mother even went out of her way to post on Facebook and reach out to other mothers who would kindly volunteer feeding Yaman once the baby gets out of the hospital. Said post amassed more than 1,000 positive reactions and offers of assistance.
Yaman is currently being breastfed by one of his aunts living in the area. The lucky child is reportedly going to live under his grandparents’ care while they await his mother’s full recovery.
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