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Israel-Gaza conflict: Surgeons deliver baby girl by Caesarean section after mother is killed in air strike

By Heather Saul

A premature baby girl has been born in Gaza via a posthumous Caesarean section, after her mother, father and brothers were killed by air strikes.

Shaymaa Hussein al Sheikh Ali was heavily pregnant when she was killed by an Israeli air strike that hit the roof of her family home in Deir al-Balah on Thursday.

Surgeons delivered her baby daughter, who has also been named Shaymaa, at a Gaza hospital on Monday after doctors found the infant still had a heartbeat.

Dr Wajdi Qeshta was quoted by Sky News as saying: "They brought the mother and she was in the last month of her pregnancy.

"The doctors operated on the mother when they found she [the baby] had a heartbeat. Now the condition of the baby is not so good, she is still on a respirator."

Her grandmother is currently at the hospital with the infant and said two floors inside the family home collapsed after the air strike hit.

The infant is currently in a stable condition after suffering a shortage of oxygen. She is expected to remain in hospital for the next five weeks.

Overnight, the conflict between Israel and Gaza escalated with the heaviest night of strikes during three weeks of fighting, after the Israeli Prime Minister warned of a "prolonged" military campaign that will continue until it is confident Hamas' network of tunnels have been destroyed.

Source: Independent


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