Mariupol: Pregnant Woman and Baby Die After Hospital Bombing
The surgeon, Timur Marin, told Ukrainian Mariupol TV: “While she was being resuscitated and anti-shock measures were being taken, we performed a caesarean section and took a child with no signs of life. The resuscitation of the “child for more than half an hour did not work. Resuscitation of the mother for half an hour or more – without any results. They both died.”
An Associated Press image showing rescue workers carrying the injured woman on a stretcher outside the bombed-out hospital was broadcast around the world last week, including by CNN.
According to the AP, doctors did not have time to get the woman’s name before her husband and father came to collect her body, so she did not end up in one of the mass graves from Mariupol.
The attack on the key town in southeastern Ukraine came after it was besieged by Russian forces for days, with trapped residents forced to take shelter underground, melting snow to get water and look for food.
“Our military is successful there – yesterday they defeated another armored breakthrough attempt in Mariupol, took prisoners of war,” Arestovych said Monday. “But for that, the Russians are wiping out the city.”
After Wednesday’s attack on the hospital, the Mariupol city council accused Russian forces of dropping several bombs on it from the air, calling the destruction “enormous”.
Last week Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko accused the Russians of genocide for targeting civilian buildings. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday denounced the bombing of a hospital as an “atrocity”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed on Thursday without evidence that the bombed hospital was being used by Ukrainian troops and that all patients and nurses had left. Later Thursday, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman denied during a briefing that Russia had bombed the maternity ward, calling it a “provocation”.
CNN’s Tim Lister reported and wrote from Lviv and Alex Stambaugh wrote from Hong Kong. Jeevan Ravindran, Julia Kesa, Laura Smith-Spark, Olga Voitovych and Rob Picheta contributed to this report.