Ukraine: Pregnant woman evacuated on stretcher in Mariupol died with her baby

WAR IN UKRANE – Tragic outcome. Symbolizing the horror of the attack on a maternity hospital in Mariupol, bombed by Russia on Wednesday, March 9, the pregnant woman who was evacuated on a stretcher as her baby, the US news agency Associated Press (AP) reported this Monday, March 14.

In one of the photos taken after the bombing that went around the world, you could see the young woman holding her stomach as emergency services rushed her to evacuate her from the rubble-covered site. She was transported to another hospital, however close to the front, she was cared for by doctors who did everything they could to save her.

“Kill me now,” she yelled at the doctors when she realized she was losing her child. Timur Marin, a surgeon, said the pregnant woman’s pelvis had been crushed and her hip had come loose.

Baby’s “No Sign of Life”

The baby was delivered by cesarean section but showed “no sign of life,” the surgeon explained. After “more than 30 minutes of resuscitation”, the mother also did not survive, the surgeon said on Saturday. “They’re both dead,” he summed up.

The agency reports that in the rush to evacuate medics did not have time to find out the young woman’s name, but her husband and father were able to retrieve her body. She was therefore not buried in a mass grave, unlike many victims as the death toll in Mariupol increases.

Another pregnant woman saved

Mariana Vishegirskaya, another pregnant woman who was in the maternity ward at the time of the bombing, was luckier. She gave birth to a “healthy” girl named Veronika, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya announced.

“Three people died, including a little girl,” the municipality said on Telegram on Thursday, after the attack on the maternity ward, which sparked the outrage of Ukrainian and Western authorities.

Mariupol “martyr city”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who condemned a “war crime”, shared videos showing the destruction – after an airstrike – of the establishment, which housed a maternity hospital and a children’s hospital. The interior of buildings can be blown away, debris, sheets of paper and shards of glass lying on the ground.

On Sunday, the Russian army continued to shell the south of the country, where the besieged city of Mariupol hoped a convoy of humanitarian aid would arrive. But an adviser to the mayor, Petro Andryushchenko, told AFP in the evening that the vehicles had to turn around because of incessant Russian fire. Monday was another attempt.

Mariupol, a city and strategic port located between Crimea and the Donbass, has no food, water, gas, electricity and communications. According to the municipality, 2187 inhabitants have been killed there since the start of the Russian offensive. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned of “a worst-case scenario”. For his part, the Pope on Sunday called Mariupol “a city of martyrs in the horrific war that devastates Ukraine”.

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