Ukraine: David Beckham hands over control of his Instagram

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Ukraine: David Beckham hands over control of his Instagram to a Ukrainian doctor. Beckham made the move to highlight the issues medics are battling with in Ukraine and to help raise money.

David Beckham’s Instagram account has over 70 million followers. The UNICEF ambassador’s account is now being run by Dr Iryna in Ukraine. The doctor has shared details of the battle medical professionals are facing every day to treat babies and other patients.

Beckham revealed: “Hi everyone, so I’m handing over my social media to Iryna, the Head of the Regional Perinatal Centre in Kharkiv, Ukraine where she is helping pregnant mothers give birth safely.

“Thanks to your donations, the oxygen generators they have received are helping newborns survive in appalling conditions.”

As reported by The Daily Mail Dr Iryna has been sharing information on her life-saving work. On Instagram, she said: “On the first day of war, all pregnant women and mothers were evacuated to the basement. It was a terrible three hours that we spent together.

“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. My workday is 24/7 now, I’m here all day.”

The doctor went on to add: “Now. I’m not only the head of the centre but I continue to work as a paediatric anaesthesiologist. I unload cargo, work on logistics and offer emotional support.

“This is Yana and her baby son Mykhailo. On the second day of the war, he was born with breathing problems. He is better now, but his family’s house was destroyed and they can’t go back.

“UNICEF’s support is very important to us, They have been delivering supplies in Ukraine for years and they have good logistics to deliver ready-to-use kits to maternity hospitals.

“The oxygen generators we received from UNICEF help provide oxygen for children in the basement.

“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. Thank you to everyone who watched my story to everyone who is helping Ukrainian children. Every single donation matters.”

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