Miracle Baby Delivered from Dying Mother’s Womb Amid Gaza Airstrikes

Baby in Gaza survived

In the war-torn streets of Gaza, amidst relentless airstrikes, a baby girl has miraculously survived after being delivered via Caesarean section from her dying mother’s womb. The infant is the only survivor from her immediate family, who all perished during the weekend bombardment.

Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Sabreen al-Sakani, the baby’s mother, was seven months pregnant when an Israeli airstrike struck her family’s home in Rafah, a southern Gaza city. Rushed to the emergency unit in critical condition with severe head and abdominal injuries, she was immediately prepared for a C-section. This was done despite the lack of anesthetics.

Life from Tragedy

As medical teams worked to save Sabreen, they quickly realized she was pregnant. The attending surgeon, Sahib al-Shams, described the birth as miraculous. “It’s a miracle that she was still alive, despite her difficulties in breathing,” Shams told AFP.

The medical team decided to proceed with the Caesarean section in a race against time. Sabreen died just ten minutes after giving birth to her daughter. Her husband and another child were declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. At least 19 others also died in the airstrike on their home.

The newborn was placed in an incubator in the paediatrics unit of the Emirati hospital in Rafah. Despite being born under extreme circumstances, hospital officials reported that the baby was in stable condition.

“We quickly put her in an incubator, put her on oxygen, and treated her with antibiotics,” said Haidar Abu Snimeh, an official at the Emirati hospital. He noted that the infant was premature, weighing less than two kilogrammes.

Rami al-Sheikh, the baby’s uncle, will be her caretaker upon her release from the hospital. He named her ‘Sabreen al-Ruh,’ honoring her father’s wish to name her ‘Ruh,’ the Arabic word for soul.

Heartbreaking Consequences of War

The war in Gaza erupted after Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7, resulting in the deaths of over a thousand Israelis and foreigners. Israel’s subsequent military offensive in Gaza has claimed the lives of more than 34,000 people. This number comes from the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory. The majority of the victims are women and children.

UN Human Rights Chief Volker Turk, upon hearing about the baby’s birth, remarked, “The latest images of a premature child taken from the womb of her dying mother, of the adjacent two houses where 15 children and five women were killed — this is beyond warfare.”

The story of this baby girl highlights the profound impact of war on innocent civilians, especially the most vulnerable. Her survival, while miraculous, underscores the tragic loss of life and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Read Also: WHO Reports Surge in Newborn Deaths in Gaza


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