Israeli ambassador’s infant dies day after birth in quake-ravaged Nepal

An infant born at the Israel Defense Forces field hospital in Nepal (not the infant described in this story). Credit: Israel Defense Forces via YouTube.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to An Israeli ambassador’s infant born to a surrogate mother in Nepal died on Thursday in a hospital in Kathmandu. 

According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the infant had been kept in a sealed tent on the grounds of a hospital massively damaged by the recent massive earthquakes that hit the area. The tent, which housed a total of nine babies, was meant to stave off infections.

The baby’s death, coming less than a day after he was born, came nine days after the most recent earthquake in Nepal, which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale. The newborn’s twin, also kept in the tent, has survived. The parents, Israeli Ambassador to Serbia Yossi Levy and his same-sex partner, have an older child who was also born via surrogate.

The cause of death is still under investigation. One possibility is that he died of dehydration, and another is that he suffered from a congenital heart defect. But even if the death was caused by an existing condition, detection and treatment might have been better in a more suitable hospital setting.

Magen David Adom emergency services agency CEO Eli Bin, who is currently in Nepal, said, “I spoke with Yossi’s partner. They are having a very hard time. It is very sad. When you go through a process like this—so long—it can break you. But this is the reality now, and they are thinking ahead.”

Posted on May 21, 2015 .