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Soldier Badly Injured After Fainting in Training Exercise

An IDF soldier was badly injured Sunday afternoon when he fainted during a training exercise.
By David Lev
First Publish: 8/18/2013, 9:41 PM

IDF Soldiers (illustrative)
IDF Soldiers (illustrative)
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An IDF soldier was badly injured Sunday afternoon when he fainted during a running drill with his unit. The incident occurred at a base near Beit Lid, in the Sharon area. The soldier is hospitalized and is in serious condition.

The soldier was given first aid on the spot and then taken to a hospital in Hadera for treatment. Teams of doctors attempted to stabilize the soldier, while the IDF opened an investigation into the incident. 

The investigation is centering on whether the soldier was suffering from a condition that had not been diagnosed, or if he was dehydrated while attempting to complete the exercise on particularly hot and humid Sunday. 

There have been similar cases last year of  soldiers collapsing due to medical reasons. In April 2012, Yehoshua Hefetz died of heart complications during training in the Combat Engineering Corps School in the Negev. Two months earlier, Corporal Dvir Mor died suddenly of a infection he contracted during basic training.