It has been a few weeks since Russia’s war against Ukraine has started, and the situation has only gotten worse. The world has come together to stand united for the affected country and help them as much as possible. The sporting world, too, is doing its part. More recently, David Beckham, the football star has come to the aid.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player has handed over his Instagram account to Dr Iryna from Ukraine. Dr Iryna is the head of Kharkiv’s regional perinatal centre, where she is assisting mothers and infants throughout the crisis. Notably, Beckham has close to 72 million followers, and he gave the account to help spread awareness of the situation in Ukraine.
Beckham posted a video on his Instagram that gave all the details of this cause. “Today I’m handing over my social channels to Iryna, the Head of the Regional Perinatal Centre in Kharkiv, Ukraine where she is helping mothers give birth. Head over to my story highlights to learn more about the amazing work Iryna and health workers like her are doing to save lives in Ukraine. Please give what you can to support @UNICEF and people like Iryna using the donation link in my bio,” he wrote in his caption.
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Dr Iryna on the situation in Ukraine
Speaking of their situation during the invasion, Dr Iryna said the initial few days were extremely difficult to cope with. She also notified that she had to shift the patients to the basement to protect them. She has a 24/7 working day, she said.
“Unfortunately, we can’t take babies who are in intensive care to the basement because they rely on life-saving equipment. The first days were the most difficult. We had to learn how to work with bombings and strikes,” she added.
“My workday is 24/7 now, I work all day. We are probably risking our lives, but we don’t think about it at all. We love our work. Doctors and nurses here, we worry, we cry, but none of us will give up,” she concluded.