Pregnant woman whose rescue from bombed hospital became emblematic of the war in Ukraine dies with baby

A pregnant woman who was pictured being evacuated from a bombed maternity hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol has died along with her baby.

She was rushed to another hospital following the Russian attack last week, the AP news agency reported.

As doctors tried to save her – and realising she was losing her baby – she is said to have cried out: “Kill me now!”

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A car burns after the destruction of Mariupol children's hospital as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022 in this still image from a handout video obtained by Reuters. Ukraine Military/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A car burns following the bombing on Wednesday

Her hip was crushed and her pelvis detached, surgeon Timur Marin discovered.

The infant was delivered via caesarean section but showed “no signs of life,” the surgeon added.

Focusing on the woman, “more than 30 minutes of resuscitation of the mother didn’t produce results”.

“Both died,” the surgeon said.

Following the bombing, Russia denied it had launched strikes on a hospital in the port city. Its ambassador to the UN, and its ambassador in London, said images of the atrocity were “fake news”.

Mariana Vishegirskaya lies in a hospital bed after giving birth to her daughter Veronika, in Mariupol, Ukraine, Friday, March 11, 2022. Vishegirskaya survived the Russian airstrike on a children’s and maternity hospital in Mariupol last Wednesday. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Mariana Vishegirskaya gave birth to a girl the day after the attack. Pic: AP

Moscow claimed the building had been taken over by Ukrainian extremists and that no patients or doctors were left inside.

Another woman who was in the building at time, beauty blogger Mariana Vishegirskaya, said “glasses, frames, windows and walls flew apart” when the attack began.

“We don’t know how it happened. We were in our wards and some had time to cover themselves, some didn’t,” she added.

Ms Vishegirskaya gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Veronika, the day after.

Operating theatres are being powered by emergency generators – in a city which has been without water, heat and food for more than a week.

Nurse Olga Vereshagina said one of the distraught mothers lost some of her toes in the bombing.

“All birthing mothers have lived through so much,” she said.

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