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Gaza baby dies after respirator runs out of fuel

Last Updated: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 21:17

Gaza: A Gaza man says his baby died after the
generator powering his respirator ran out of fuel the first
known death linked to Gaza`s energy crisis.

Abdul-Rahim Helou says his baby, Mohammed, relied on a
respirator to help him breathe. Because of 18-hour-day power
blackouts, Helou says he had used a gas-powered generator to
keep his baby alive.

Mohammed died overnight Friday.
Helou said today that he and his wife didn`t realise how
much fuel they needed to keep their new generator going and it
ran out overnight.

A Gaza health official said the baby arrived at a Gaza
City hospital dead, having choked on its own phlegm.
The power shortage has been caused by a cut-off of
Egyptian fuel.


First Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 21:17

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