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'Is the heart beating?'

Video shows doctors performing miraculous C-section on woman injured by airstrike in Aleppo

August 22, 2016

Footage of doctors performing a Caesarean section on a Syrian woman, injured by an airstrike while walking to the hospital to give birth in the besieged city of Aleppo, was aired by Britain’s Channel 4 news last week. The video, recorded in July by Waad al-Kateab, showed doctors removing shrapnel from the woman, whose right arm and leg were also broken in the airstrike, before pulling a baby boy from the woman’s womb. “Is the heart beating?” asked one of the medics in the ramshackle emergency room.

“No, no, I’m sorry,” replied his colleague.

The doctors weren’t ready to give up quite yet, however, and, after performing resuscitation procedures on the newborn, “a rosy color” suddenly suddenly filled the boy’s face. The baby opened his eyes for a brief moment, then shut them and began to cry. Signs of life. The life of the mother injured in the airstrike was saved, too.

The incredible video was aired as part of a series documenting the suffering of civilians in Aleppo, where civilians have continued to endure constant fighting and bombardment. In comments praising al-Kateab’s work, Channel 4 News Editor Ben de Pear said the footage “highlighted the carnage in the hospitals, and the pain of the casualties and their families, which lie behind the statistics.”

Watch the video below:

Read the full story at NBC News.


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