Dima, a brave Syrian mother, and her newborn son Adnan have defied the odds twice in one week.
After suffering minor injuries when her home was struck by an earthquake last Monday – while she was pregnant- Dima gave birth to little Adnan at a hospital supported by Syrian American Medical Society (Sams).
Dima and Adnan both came back home, but three days later, the house completely collapsed. This time, Dima got a serious lower limb injury, and she got treatment for it.
Soon after getting the proper treatment for her lower limb injury, Dima got discharged from the hospital and started living in a tent with her husband, Abdul Majid, and their nine nieces and nephews.
However, Adnan suffered from severe dehydration and jaundice. Ultimately, rescuers had to take to Hospital for proper treatment.
Sams released a video showing Adnan sleeping well in an incubator with a drip attached to his wrist.
Moreover, on Monday, the baby’s doctor, Dr. Abdulkarim Hussein al-Ibrahim, reported over WhatsApp to the BBC that the child was doing well under treatment.
“Adnan’s condition… has significantly improved,” he said. “We are just feeding him and [providing] the rest of his needs through intravenous drips.”
No shelter, no aid
After giving birth, Dima’s family was left with no other option but to return to their partially destroyed home in Jindayris — one of the most devastated towns in opposition-held Syria.
Tragically, they are among tens of thousands who have yet to receive any aid since the earthquake struck.
Despite the ongoing conflict in Syria, 4.1 million people – mainly women and children – endured day-to-day life before disaster struck. Moreover, they were heavily reliant on humanitarian aid even before the disaster.
Medicine shortages and late deliveries
Due to damaged roads and other transportation issues, the White Helmets have been delayed from receiving essential heavy machinery and specialist equipment.
As a result, they face increased difficulty in responding to crises.
In a shocking announcement, Dr. Ibrahim revealed there was an urgent lack of life-saving medicines and other important medical supplies desperately needed to treat the numerous victims rescued from destruction.
“No hospital has the capacity to accommodate this large number of injuries,” Dr. Ibrahim warned. “[Everywhere] is full.”
According to the United Nations, a devastating earthquake has caused immense destruction in the region, with over half of the health facilities damaged and nearly one-third either partially functioning or ceasing their services entirely.
On Monday, only 58 humanitarian aid lorries reached Idlib from Turkey via the UN-authorized Bab al-Hawa crossing.
However, in a positive turn of events that same evening, Syria announced its opening up to two new border crossings for international relief teams and supplies.