In a heartwarming turn of events, 31 premature babies who were evacuated from Gaza City’s Al Shifa Hospital have arrived in southern Gaza for much-needed care. Among them is Warda Sbeta, a mother who had been searching tirelessly for her baby for 45 agonizing days.
Sbeta, who currently resides in a school-turned-shelter for displaced people in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, was overwhelmed with joy when she found her baby’s name on the hospital’s provided list. Despite being offered the option to be evacuated to Egypt for further medical care for her little one, Sbeta made the selfless decision to stay with her husband and other children.
Anas, Sbeta’s baby, was one of the heroic premature infants who refused to leave Gaza and opted to stay with their families. Prior to the evacuation, there were 39 premature babies alive at Al Shifa Hospital. Tragically, eight of them succumbed to the dire conditions before they could be saved.
Out of the 31 babies transported to Rafah, 28 were successfully evacuated to Egypt on Monday. Shockingly, 20 of these infants were left unaccompanied, while eight were fortunate enough to be with their mothers. Among the group, two babies were twins.
Anas, however, had to stay behind at Al Shifa Hospital as the facility had run out of resources amidst the conflict. The family lost all communication with the hospital when Israeli forces entered, leaving them desperate and unsure of Anas’ condition. It was not until they were finally reunited with him in Rafah that they discovered he was safe.
Now, Anas’ parents are bringing him back to the shelter in Khan Younis, where they hope to begin a new life with their other children. This small victory brings hope to the countless families affected by the conflict, reminding them that even in the darkest of times, love and determination can prevail.
As the residents of Gaza strive to rebuild their lives and heal their wounds, stories like this serve as a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. It is a reminder that amidst the chaos, there is a glimmer of hope and a chance for a brighter future.
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