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A Future of Ups and Downs?

An upper Galilee ambulance driver drew a sigh of relief when he rushed a pregnant woman from Kfar Szold to the Safed maternity hospital yesterday, and got her there just on time. But his relief was short-lived.

He escorted the 22-year-old woman and her husband in the elevator to the fourth floor delivery room. On its way up, the elevator got stuck. While a hospital midwife shouted instructions down the elevator shaft, the driver delivered the baby before the elevator could be started again.

Babies born on buses and aircraft are frequently given free lifetime travel passes. Hospital staffers were today wondering what sort of pass they could give to the elevator baby.