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Miracle in Syria: Medics deliver baby girl who suffered shrapnel injury in the womb when her mother was caught in bomb blast

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 19/09/2015 | 17:08

The heroic Syrian medical team that saved the little girl's life
Credit: Aleppo City Medical Council
The heroic Syrian medical team that saved the little girl's life Credit: Aleppo City Medical Council
The wound is visable in the baby's forehead Credit: Aleppo City Medical Council

Doctors in war-torn Syria have miraculously delivered a wounded baby girl by Cesarean section after heavily pregnant woman was injured in a bomb blast in Aleppo.

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The newborn began life with a piece of shrapnel embedded in its forehead believed to have come from a missile that was fired on the city by Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The blast was so strong that it pierced the expectant mother's body and lodged itself in the baby's face.

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The child was not breathing when she was born but heroic doctors at the hospital were able to revive her.

Both mother and daughter are now said to be doing very well.

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Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city after the capital Damascus, has seen some of the fiercest clashes between the regime and opposition groups in the four-and-a-half-year-old Syrian civil war.

It has also witnessed a campaign of indiscriminate barrel bombs, dropped from regime helicopters on civilian areas of the city.

UN figures state that some 250,000 people have been killed during the Syrian civil war and an estimated 7.6 million people have been internally displaced, while another 5.4 million people have fled the country to neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, as well as Europe.

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