Syrian baby delivered alive after shrapnel wounding

Dramatic footage from Aleppo shows surgeons pulling shrapnel from child's brow after performing caesarean delivery.

    Both the mother and child survived after intervention by medical teams in Aleppo [Facebook/Aleppo City Medical Council]
    Both the mother and child survived after intervention by medical teams in Aleppo [Facebook/Aleppo City Medical Council]

    Footage has emerged of Syrian medical teams saving a pregnant woman and her unborn child after they were wounded by shrapnel. 

    Al Jazeera World - Death of Aleppo

    The video posted by the Aleppo City Medical Council on Facebook on Friday showed the doctors performing a caesarean section on the woman to deliver the child.

    The baby girl is then resuscitated, and a piece of shrapnel is pulled from her brow.

    It is not clear from the video when the incident took place, but the authors of the Facebook post accompanying the footage said both the mother and child were alive and in good condition.

    The authors of the post also blamed the injury of the pair on a missile attack, which he said was carried out by "the criminal regime, which is trying to stop life in the city of Aleppo".

    Aleppo is Syria's largest city and is divided between Syrian opposition fighters, the Syrian government and Kurdish forces.


    The delivery of an unborn Syrian baby wounded by shrapnel. Warning: contains graphic images


    The city has been fiercely fought over by the opposing factions, and the Syrian government has targeted rebel areas with air strikes and barrel bomb attacks, which have killed thousands of civilians.

    In May, the Syrian army killed 75 people in barrel bomb attacks on two different areas in Aleppo province.

    The attacks involve dropping barrels filled with explosives from helicopters hovering above an area. Use of such tactics is considered illegal under international law.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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