The heavily pregnant woman carried on a stretcher as rescuers rushed her through the rubble of a children’s hospital in Mariupol in Ukraine last week died — together with her baby — the Associated Press (AP) reports on Monday.
Images of the woman being rushed to an ambulance on a stretcher had circled the world, epitomizing the horror of an attack on humanity’s most innocent members.
A terrifying photo from Mariupol,Ukraine. A pregnant woman is being evacuated after the Russian airstrike at the maternity hospital. pic.twitter.com/qTJqmETYyw
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Her hip had been crushed and her pelvis detached, surgeon Timur Marin discovered when he examined her. The infant was delivered via cesarean section but showed “no signs of life,” the doctor added.
Focusing their desperate efforts on the woman,”more than 30 minutes of resuscitation of the mother didn’t produce results,” he stated, adding “Both died.”
AP says that in the chaos after Wednesday’s airstrike, medics didn’t have time to get the woman’s name before her husband and her father came to take away her body. At least someone came to retrieve her, they said — so she didn’t end up in the mass graves being dug for many of Mariupol’s growing number of killed in the invasion.
Russia claimed attack on hospital was staged by Ukraine
Russia claimed the next day that the airstrike on a children’s hospital in Ukraine’s Mariupol the previous day was staged by Ukrainians themselves.
The Russian embassy to the UK claimed a photograph of a pregnant woman injured during the Mariupol maternity hospital attack is fake and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov branded the attack a “pathetic outcry” during failed peace talks in Turkey.
When asked about the airstrike during the press conference after the talks, Putin’s confidant replied: “It is not the first time we see pathetic outcries concerning the so-called atrocities perpetrated by the Russian military.”
He went on to claim that the hospital had been taken over by the Azov battalion — a group described by Russia as Nazis fighting alongside the Ukrainian army — and prior to the attack all the “mothers and nurses were chased out” of the hospital.
But Ukrainian officials said last Thursday that three people died immiediately in the attack, including a girl aged six, with at least 17 people injured.