Russia Ukraine war; Pregnant woman and her baby die after Russia bombs maternity ward in Mariupol
A pregnant woman and her baby have died after Russia bombed the maternity hospital where she was meant to give birth, the Associated Press reported.
Images of the woman being rushed to an ambulance on a stretcher had circled the world, epitomizing the horror of an attack on most innocent.
In video and photos shot, the woman was seen stroking her bloodied lower abdomen as rescuers rushed her through the rubble in the besieged city of Mariupol.
The woman was rushed to another hospital, yet closer to the frontline, where doctors laboured to keep her alive.
Realizing she was losing her baby, medics said, she cried out to them, “Kill me now!”
Surgeon Timur Marin found the woman’s pelvis crushed and hip detached. Medics delivered the baby via Caesarean section, but it showed “no signs of life,” the surgeon said.
Then, they focused on the mother.
“More than 30 minutes of resuscitation of the mother didn’t produce results,” Marin said Saturday.
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Accused of war crimes, Russian officials claimed the maternity hospital had been taken over by Ukrainian extremists to use as a base, and that no patients or medics were left inside.
Russia’s ambassador to the UN and the Russian Embassy in London called the images “fake news.”