THE ORIGINAL HUMANIZE PALESTINE NARRATIVE:
Memorializing Palestinian Terrorists
IN MEMORY: SHAYMA KHALIL & SHAYMA QANAN
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Baby Shayma with a photo of her mother
Shayma Sheikh Khalil, 5 days old, was born prematurely via caesarian section on July 26, 2014, 10 minutes after her mother died from wounds in an Israeli airstrike. Shayma was referred to as a “miracle baby” for surviving. However, baby Shayma died on July 30, 2014 when her incubator shut off, when Israeli forces attacked power plants in Gaza causing a power outage.
Shayma Sheikh Qanan, 23 years old, was eight months pregnant when an Israeli tank shell hit her home in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah. Doctors performed an immediate caesarean and saved the baby, who was named after her late mother. Shayma Qanan’s mother, Mirfat, said:
“She had really been looking forward to being a mother. What did Shayma do to deserve to die and lie under rubble for an hour without being recovered?What did she do to Israel to make it destroy her house on top of her without any warning? She was just a young wife who had only been married a year.”
Mirfat Qanan had some hope though: “God has protected this child for me. My daughter Shayma is dead, but I now have a new daughter,” she said. “She’ll call me ‘mummy’ just like her mother did.” Sadly, Mirfat’s new daughter was also taken from her.
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- JANE ROSSITER-SMITH July 31, 2014 at 12:04 am REPLYYou were both too young to die, too beautiful.Unimaginable heartbreak for your family, my sincere condolences to you.Liked by 2 people
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THE FACTUALLY CORRECT NARRATIVE:
CIVILIAN CASUALITY OF WAR: SHAYMA QANAN
BABY BORN BY EMERGENCY CAESAREAN AFTER MOTHER DIES IN GAZA SHELLING
Doctors save newborn after woman who was eight months pregnant was buried by rubble at her home in Deir al-Balah
The newborn girl, who is still in an incubator, was named Shayma Shiekh al-Eid, after her late mother. Photograph: Abed Rahim Khatib/Rex Features
Agence France-Presse in Gaza
Monday 28 July 2014 14.33 EDTLast modified on Friday 15 January 2016 04.49 EST
When the doctors gently pulled the tiny newborn from the womb in an emergency caesarean, her mother had already been dead for an hour.
Shayma al-Sheikh Qanan, 23, was eight months pregnant when an Israeli tank shell hit her home in the central Gaza strip town of Deir al-Balah, reducing it to rubble. She was left in a critical condition. Her husband, a local radio journalist, was also badly wounded.
“Her body was brought in after an Israeli shelling at 3am on Friday,” said Fadi al-Kharti, a doctor at Deir al-Balah hospital. “We tried to revive her but she had died on the way.”
Before paramedics managed to dig her out, she had been stuck under the rubble of her home for an hour. “Then we noticed movement in her stomach, and estimated she was about 36 weeks pregnant,” he says. Doctors performed an immediate caesarean and saved the baby, who was named after her late mother.
For 43-year-old Mirfat Qanan, it was a tragedy to lose her daughter, but there was joy at becoming a grandmother.
“God has protected this child for me. My daughter Shayma is dead, but I now have a new daughter,” she said. “She’ll call me ‘mummy’ just like her mother did.”
The newborn was being looked after in the intensive care unit in another hospital in Khan Yunis to ensure her survival. Now four days old, she was breathing through an oxygen mask in the hospital’s maternity ward.
Abdel Karim al-Bawab, head doctor at the ward, said staff were keeping a close eye on the baby to monitor her condition. “Her vital signs are stable, but she must stay here in this state for at least three more weeks,” he said.
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