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Gaza doctors save baby from her dead mother's womb

Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:06 AM
 
Palestinian baby girl Shayma Shiekh al-Eid lies in an incubator after doctors delivered her from the womb of her mother, whom medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike, at a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KHAN YUNIS, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - When the doctors gently pulled the tiny newborn from her mother's womb in an emergency Caesarian section, the woman had already been dead for an hour.

Twenty-three-year-old Shayma al-Sheikh Qanan was eight months pregnant when an Israeli tank shell hit her home in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah, reducing it to rubble.

She was left in critical condition and her husband, a local radio journalist, was also badly wounded.

"Her body was brought in after an Israeli shelling at 3:00 am on Friday," said Doctor Fadi al-Kharti, who was at Deir al-Balah hospital when she was rushed in.

 
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