Syrian baby survives shrapnel wound sustained before birth

Baby girl successfully delivered in Syria after sustaining shrapnel wound while still in mother’s womb

Photo by: Syrian Expatriate Medical Association
Photo by: Syrian Expatriate Medical Association

A video posted by the Aleppo City Medical Council on Facebook on Friday shows doctors in Syria successfully carrying out a caesarean on a heavily pregnant woman who was injured by shrapnel.

A piece of shrapnel allegedly from a missile that was fired on the city of Aleppo by Bashar al-Assad’s regime forces pierced through her body and lodged itself into into her daughter’s brow.

في سوريا .. حتى الجنين الذي في رحم أمه لم يسلم من قصف الطيران الحربي ***************************************#سوريا تكا...

Posted by Syrian Expatriate Medical Association on Friday, 18 September 2015


Although the baby girl was born not breathing, the doctors were able to resuscitate her.

Both the mother and the daughter are said to be doing well, according to the author of the post.  

Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city after the capital Damascus, has seen some of the fiercest clashes between the regime and opposition groups in the four-and-a-half-year-old Syrian civil war.

It has also witnessed a campaign of indiscriminate barrel bombs, dropped from regime helicopters on civilian areas of the city.

UN figures state that some 250,000 people have been killed during the Syrian civil war and an estimated 7.6 million people have been internally displaced, while another 5.4 million people have fled the country to neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, as well as Europe.

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