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Pregnant Woman Whose Rescue From Bombed Hospital Became Emblematic of the War in Ukraine Dies With Baby

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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 following the bombing on Wednesday

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Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry the injured pregnant woman from the maternity hospital in Mariupol. Pic: AP/Evgeniy Maloletka

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.

Doctors did not have time to get her name before her husband and father came to take away her body.

Medics were pleased she would not be placed in one of the mass graves being dug in the city, AP said.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid, asked on Sky News if the hospital bombing was a war crime, said: “Yes, I think it is.”

He continued: “It’s an appalling atrocity; it’s a war crime because under international law you cannot attack health facilities, hospitals.”

It is also one of many, he said. “The most recent information I have from the World Health Organisation is they now have documented evidence of at least 31 such attacks on health facilities, hospitals – including shelling, a couple of days ago, of a cancer hospital as well. These are war crimes,” he added.

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A picture of the woman being rescued was on many front pages last week

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

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

But Mr Javid said the “only fake news is everything we hear from Russia”, adding that a possible prosecution of Russian President Vladimir Putin is already being considered.

“Today the justice secretary (Dominic Raab) will be in The Hague,” he said. “He’ll be meeting (at the International Criminal Court) with the chief prosecutor and others to offer Britain’s help to gather the evidence, but also with a future prosecution of President Putin and his team (in mind).”

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Mariana Vishegirskaya gave birth to a girl the day after the attack. Pic: AP

Another woman who was in the Mariupol hospital at the 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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WHO Estimates 15m People Have Died Directly or Indirectly From COVID – More Than Double Official Death Toll

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The World Health Organisation estimates that 15 million people worldwide have now died of coronavirus – or as a result of its impact on health services.

WHO data shows the number of excess COVID mortalities to be somewhere between 13.3 million and 16.6 million people from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. This is more than double the official death toll of around six million.

Excess mortality refers to the number of people who have died of the virus either directly or indirectly by being unable to access health services for other conditions.

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The figures were compiled using country-reported data and statistical modelling, the WHO said.

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There were 14.9 million excess deaths associated with COVID-19 by the end of 2021, the UN body said on Thursday.

Most excess COVID deaths (86%) happened in Asia, Europe and the Americas, according to the figures.

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Middle-income countries accounted for 81% of deaths, with 28% occurring in upper-middle-income countries and 4% in low-income ones.

Some 68% of all excess deaths worldwide happened in just 10 countries.

There was a higher rate for men (57%) than there was for women (43%), with more excess deaths among the elderly than younger generations.

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WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commented: “These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems.

“WHO is committed to working with all countries to strengthen their health information systems to generate better data for better decisions and better outcomes.”

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Pope Francis Seen Using Wheelchair for the First Time for Mobility Reasons

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The Pope has been pictured using a wheelchair – the first time he’s used one in public due to the knee pain that’s made it hard for him to walk and stand.

Francis, 85, was wheeled on stage and helped into a seat during an audience with a group of nuns and religious superiors from around the world at the Vatican.

He appears to be having a flare-up of sciatica, a nerve condition he suffers with that he’s called his “troublesome guest”.

The Pope has had to cancel or cut short activities several times in the last month because of pain in his right knee.

He was pictured in a wheelchair last July after major intestinal surgery, but this is believed to be the first time he’s used one in public due to his mobility problems.

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Before Thursday’s event, he was able to walk the roughly 10 metres or so from the side entrance of the stage to his seat with some help.

He recently received some injections to try to relieve the pain but has continued to struggle.

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His impaired movement was apparent over Easter when he attended but did not take charge of masses at St Peter’s Basilica, instead delegating a cardinal or archbishop to preside.

During a trip to Malta in April he was also pictured using an elevator platform to get on and off the plane.

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Woman Pulled Alive From Rubble Six Days After Building Collapsed

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A woman has been found alive in the rubble of a building that partially collapsed almost six days earlier, Chinese state media has said.

At least five people are confirmed to have died and possibly dozens are still missing following the disaster in the city of Changsha, in central China‘s Hunan Province, on 29 April.

The unidentified woman has become the 10th survivor and was rescued shortly after midnight today, about 132 hours after the rear of the six-storey building suddenly caved in, the official Xinhua News Agency has reported.

The woman was conscious and told rescuers how to pull her out without causing further injury, Xinhua added.

Teams had used dogs and hand tools as well as drones and electronic life detectors in the search.

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All the survivors were reportedly in good condition after being treated in a hospital and it is thought intermittent rain showers over the last few days may have helped their chances of survival without food or water.

At least nine people have been arrested in relation to the collapse of what Xinhua has described as a “self-built building”.

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This includes its owner, on suspicion of ignoring building codes or committing other violations.

Three people in charge of design and construction were also held, along with five others who allegedly gave a false safety assessment for a guest house on the building’s fourth to sixth floors.

The building also housed residences, a cafe and shops.

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An aerial photo shows the site of the collapsed residential building in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province

There has been increase in the number of collapses of self-built buildings in recent years.

Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for additional checks to uncover structural weaknesses.

Following the building collapse at the weekend, he urged for more victims to be found in the rubble “at all costs”.

Poor adherence to safety standards, including the illegal addition of extra floors and failure to use reinforcing iron bars, is often blamed for similar disasters.

China also suffers from decaying infrastructure such as gas pipes that has led to explosions and collapses.

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