Video footage has emerged of medics in Syria successfully delivering a baby girl by emergency Caesarean section after she was wounded by shrapnel while still in her mother’s womb.
The graphic footage was posted last Friday to the Facebook page of the Aleppo City Medical Council, a non-profit medical group working in the war-torn city. It was not immediately clear when the incident actually took place or how premature the baby was.
Medics decided to deliver the girl after her mother was caught in a missile strike that also injured the woman’s three other children and was allegedly carried out by the forces of embattled President Bashar Assad.
As the tiny girl was cut from her mother’s womb a piece of shrapnel could be seen embedded in the left side of her brow. Medics carefully pulled the fragment out and then worked to revive her. After clearing her airways and massaging her limp body, the girl finally began to cry, eliciting a cheer of relief from medical staff.
Both the mother and her newborn baby were said to be doing well, and her other children also survived the attack.
According to the Daily Mail, doctors have suggested the girl be named Amal, the Arabic word for “hope.”
Syria has been in the grip of civil war for four years, with Assad battling against rival rebel groups. Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, is divided between government forces, opposition groups, and Kurdish militia units.