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  Adar 16, 5769 , 12/03/09

Pregnant Soldier Suing IDF for Not Taking Her Seriously

A female IDF soldier is suing the IDF and the hospital where she gave birth for inadequate treatment and making fun of her. “Meital,” an overweight 19-year-old woman, told Voice of Israel government radio on Thursday that she was unaware of her pregnancy, and complained of abdominal cramps to IDF medics.

Instead of providing treatment, the medics told her to take pain relievers.Meital claims that her health problems prevented her from fully participating in basic training. Instead, her officers and army doctors rebuked her, accusing her of merely looking for an excuse to scoff her military duty. She was subsequently ordered to repeat her basic training.

Shortly after being told by hospital doctors that she was undergoing a severe infection, Meital gave birth to a healthy boy, unaware that she was to become a mother until moments before delivering. The hospital claims that Meital had a “hidden pregnancy” in which physiological changes – that would have indicated the obvious – were missing. The IDF, in response to the lawsuit, stated that the soldier “who suffered from being overweight, received excellent medical treatment.”

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