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“She Came Out an Orphan”: Doctors Deliver Child of Pregnant Gazan Killed in Israeli Strike

HeadlineApr 22, 2024

The official death toll in Gaza has topped 34,000, including more than 14,000 children. Over the weekend, Israeli strikes on Rafah killed at least 22 people, including 18 children. One of the strikes killed a Palestinian man, his wife who was 30 weeks pregnant, and their 4-year-old daughter. Doctors at a nearby hospital performed an emergency cesarean section on the dead mother and delivered her child. Dr. Mohammed Salama is the head of the neonatal intensive care unit at Al-Emirati Hospital in Rafah.

Dr. Mohammed Salama: “The baby girl came out in a tragic situation. She came out and found herself an orphan directly, came into life without care. As soon as she came, she had a moderate to severe respiratory distress. The name that came out was 'baby of a martyr,' and this is in itself a hard word, a tragic word. Even as we write this label, our hands tremble. The thing is hard.”

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