Premature baby girl rescued from her dead mother's womb dies in Gaza

Premature baby girl rescued from her dead mother's womb dies in Gaza
A baby girl who was delivered from her dying mother's womb in a Gaza hospital following an Israeli airstrike has herself died- after just a few days of life.
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A Palestinian baby born preterm amid the ongoing conflict, receives care at the Emirati hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on April 24, 2024 [Getty]

A baby saved from her dying mother's womb in the war-battered Gaza Strip has died, her uncle told news agency AFP on Friday.

Sabreen al-Rouh was the only surviving member of her immediate family after she was delivered by Caesarean section while her mother lay fatally wounded from an Israeli air strike at the weekend.

Sabreen's second name means "soul" in Arabic.

The Emirati hospital in the southern Gaza city of Rafah said the premature baby died on Thursday "despite efforts by the neonatal unit staff" to keep her alive.

Her uncle Rami al-Sheikh told AFP the hospital had called to say "her condition had worsened and they couldn't save her".

"She passed away to join her family," he said. "I went and completed all the procedures at the hospital today, and brought the girl's body home."

"I opened her father Shukri's grave and buried her there," he added.

According to witnesses, the family's house in Rafah was hit by an Israeli strike, which killed at least 19 people, according to Gaza's health ministry. Al-Rouh's father and sister were among those killed.

Al-Rouh's mother Sabreen al-Sakani reached the emergency unit at the city's Kuwaiti hospital in a critical condition with wounds to the head and abdomen, and died shortly after the baby was delivered.

Doctors had described the baby's survival as a "miracle" earlier this week.

Al-Rouh had been transferred to the Emirati field hospital, set up in December to cope with the besieged Palestinian territory's mounting toll of injured and dead.

Israel has since threatened to invade Rafah, where most of Gaza's population has sought refuge, despite international outcry.

The October 7 attack launched by Hamas resulted in the deaths of 1,170 people in Israel, according to Israeli figures.

Israel's military offensive in Gaza has killed at least 34,356 people, most of them women and children, according to the health ministry in the territory.