Infant Dies After Being Left in Hot Car

Second such incident in two days kills; Magen David Adom warns parents to never leave their children unattended.

Tova Dvorin, Chicago ,

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A two year-old has been declared dead on Friday, according to Magen David Adom (MDA) medics, in the second serious baby-left-in-car incident in Israel in 24 hours. 

The child was left in the car, which was parked in the city of Yehud, as the infant's mother, sister, and aunt were shopping, according to a preliminary investigation. After about 40 minutes, the mother realized the child was left behind, and instantly called emergency services to aid in saving the boy. 

Sapir Taitelbaum, an emergency medical technician (EMT) for MDA, immediately alerted nearby medics to begin resuscitation. 

MDA medic Dmitry Malkin spoke to Arutz Sheva about the incident Friday afternoon.

"I saw people performing CPR on the child, who was lying on the sidewalk - unconscious, not breathing, and without a pulse," Malkin stated. "The child was very hot, and we immediately started to perform advanced resuscitation techniques on him."

"We later transferred him to Tel HaShomer Hospital in critical condition," he added.

Temperatures hovered close to 90F (32C) in Yehud Friday afternoon, which likely increased to anywhere between 124-130F (51-54 C) in a 45-minute span, according to a special report by the Weather Channel on incidents of leaving children in hot vehicles. 

In light of the tragedy, the MDA reiterated to the public Friday to follow several guidelines on car safety. These include leaving a valuable object near children in the backseat to ensure remembering to remove them from the vehicle and protecting children from contact with hot metal, including seat belt buckles. The public was also asked to alert MDA in the event of a sighting of a child left in a car unattended. 

"Unfortunately MDA repeatedly handles such tragic cases," MDA Director General, Eli Bin, stated. "I urge the public to keep even more safety rules and not to leave children without adult supervision in a car at all - not even for one minute."

"The temperature in a car climbs ten degrees per minute," he added. "A child left in a car is in immediate mortal danger."

This is the second incident of a child left in a hot car in two days. On Thursday morning, a 1.5 year-old nearly suffocated to death after being locked in a hot car in Elad; the child miraculously survived after immediate MDA intervention. 

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