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Syrian Doctors Save Unborn Baby and Mother Injured by Shrapnel

Since the beginning of the war in 2011, an estimated 4 million people have been forced from their homes in Syria, and more than 200,000 have been killed. A new mother and her unborn child would have joined those scores of victims, had it not been for the skilled and speedy hands of some very amazing doctors who managed to save both after an explosion.

Unborn Syrian baby mother injured by shrapnel saved by doctors

The mother, who had been injured by a piece of shrapnel that had pierced her stomach, underwent an emergency cesarean section at Aleppo City Medical Council, a nonprofit service in the city. Her entire procedure, graphic and heart-wrenching, was caught on film and then shared on social media.

You can see the baby being delivered and her being pulled out onto a table. In her left eyebrow is the piece of shrapnel that had pierced her mother’s womb.

Unborn Syrian baby, mother injured by shrapnel saved by doctors

Doctors removed it, revealing a deep gash in her forehead. For several minutes, they worked at getting her to cry. When she finally did, expressions of gratitude and excited chatter could be heard. Then it was on to treating the baby girl’s mother.

Unborn Syrian baby, mother injured by shrapnel saved by doctors

Miraculously, both made it through just fine and are said to be recovering in the hospital.

It is unclear as to exactly when the actual incident occurred, or what week of pregnancy the mother was in, but we’re happy to hear that both are doing well. We only hope that the future of this baby girl isn’t as tumultuous as her birth or the moments leading up to it.

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Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done.

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