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A Mother's Story
Dina Atlick made local history 25 years ago when she became the first baby to be born at the newly-opened Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. Her mother had been encouraged to give birth at the Hospital because it was brand new and featured the latest medical equipment and technology. Her designation as the first baby delivered at the Hospital made Dina feel special. In 2010, when asked about the Hospital, Dina said “I was the first of thousands of babies! I know that someday I’ll give birth at Holy Family Hospital, too. It’s my hospital!”
Dina attended Bethlehem University and returned to Holy Family Hospital for a summer internship in the finance department. She later graduated at the top of her class from the University’s Business School. In 2011, Dina became engaged to her high school sweetheart, Ibrahim Boullou, whom she had known almost her entire life. The couple married in 2012 at the Church of the Nativity.
On February 4, 2012 – almost 25 years to the day from when Dina became Holy Family Hospital’s first delivery – Amir Boullou was born in perfect health, weighing in at an even seven pounds. During her recovery, Dina expressed her happiness “I am so grateful to Holy Family Hospital for supporting me throughout my life. I am comfortable here and know the entire staff will help take care of me and make sure my baby is healthy!”
Since Dina was born on February 26, 1990, Holy Family Hospital has delivered over 63,000 babies and treated thousands of women in its outpatient clinics. The Hospital has grown from the original 26-bed facility to accommodating over 60 beds, including an 18-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Holy Family Hospital plays a vital role in the Bethlehem region, providing employment and life-saving medical care as the primary referral teaching hospital for not only the local community, but United Nations Refugee camps as well.
After Amir was born, the doctors and staff at the Hospital celebrated another child that was brought into the world, and another generation of mothers that continues to receive the best available medical care and support. We are so thankful for our supporters at Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation. Your generosity and care will continue to make an immeasurable impact in promoting the health and wellness of the next generation of mothers and children in the Holy Land.