David Beckham turns over Instagram account to Ukraine doctor

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David Beckham turns over Instagram account to Ukraine doctor

Soccer legend David Beckham on Sunday handed over his Instagram account — and its 71.4 million followers — to a maternity doctor in Ukraine to try to raise awareness and money for expectant mothers in the war-torn nation.

Beckham said the hero female Ukrainian doctor, identified as “Iryna,” is head of the Regional Perinatal Center in hard-hit Kharkiv and has been helping moms give birth in a hospital basement.

“Thanks to your donations, the oxygen generators they have received are helping newborns survive in appalling conditions,” the English former soccer superstar said in a video posted to the site.

David Beckham's Instagram account posted stories from a Ukrainian maternity doctor amid the Russian invasion.
David Beckham’s Instagram account posted stories from a Ukrainian maternity doctor amid the Russian invasion.
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“Head over to my stories to learn more about the amazing work Iryna and health workers like her are doing to save lives in Ukraine,” he said, adding that he is partnering with UNICEF to raise money for Ukrainians. 

A caption of one of Iryna’s stories featuring pictures of a makeshift maternity ward erected in the basement of a Kharkiv hospital read, “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,” wrote the heroic doctor, who also works as a pediatric anesthesiologist.

Iryna is the head of the Regional Perinatal Center in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Iryna is the head of the Regional Perinatal Center in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
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Iryna has been forced to work out of the hospital's basement due to Russian shelling in the city.
Iryna has been forced to work out of the hospital’s basement due to Russian shelling in the city.
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Kharkiv, an eastern Ukrainian city just miles from the Russia border and with the country’s second-largest population, has been badly shelled since the Russian invasion last month. 

Residents in the city have been sheltering deep inside its train stations, with many getting sick while trying to get sleep on their rock-hard floors.

Forty-eight of the city’s schools have been destroyed, the city’s mayor recently said.

Iryna checking on an infant.
Iryna checking on an infant.
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The doctor explained that her "workday is 24/7 now" since the invasion started.
The doctor explained that her “workday is 24/7 now” since the invasion started.
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Russians have spared no place in their shelling of the city, destroying entire residential buildings, too.

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