Baby born after mother killed in Gaza dies

A baby whose mother was killed in an Israeli attack and who was delivered by emergency caesarean section died on Thursday, relatives said. It comes less than a week after news of the birth brought a glimmer of hope to war-torn Gaza.

Her uncle, Rami al-Sheikh, said the baby, who was born prematurely after a strike in southern Gaza that also killed her father and sister, had a respiratory disease and doctors were struggling to save her. He said he was unable to do so.

“I buried her in her father’s grave,” he said in a phone interview Friday.

Mother Sabreen al-Saqani was killed along with her husband Shukri and three-year-old daughter Malak when an Israeli airstrike hit their home in the city of Rafah shortly before midnight last Saturday. Rescuers took her body to the United Arab Emirates Hospital in Rafah, where her doctors performed a caesarean section on her, who was 30 weeks pregnant.

The girls’ uncle said Malak wanted to name his sister Lou, which means soul in Arabic. The extended family decided to name her Sableen after her mother instead.

Sabreen weighed just 3 pounds at birth, said Dr. Mohamed Salama, head of the neonatal intensive care unit at United Arab Emirates Hospital. Her birth was captured on video by a Reuters reporter, who showed her doctors administering artificial respiration after she emerged from her mother’s mouth, pale and limp. Ta.

Doctors initially wrote “Baby of Martyr Sabreen Al-Saqani” on the tape on his chest instead of his name.

“The baby was delivered under tragic circumstances,” Dr Salama told Reuters, adding: “Even if this baby survives, she was born an orphan.”

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