David Beckham hands over the “Instagram” account to a Ukrainian doctor
Former soccer player David Beckham handed over the management of his account on “Instagram” to a Ukrainian doctor working in the city of Kharkiv.
Throughout Sunday, Beckham posted videos and photos of Iryna, a pediatric anesthetist, documenting a day’s work in the midst of the conflict.
According to a report in The Guardian, Iryna showed Beckham’s 71.5 million followers the cramped basement of the hospital, where all pregnant women and new mothers were evacuated during the first day of the Russian war.
She published pictures of newborns in the intensive care unit, where they depended on oxygen generators donated by UNICEF. In one clip, a young mother, Yana, is depicted holding her son Mikhailo, who was born with breathing problems and destroyed her family’s home.
Now she works day and night, Iryna said, “and we may be risking our lives, but we don’t think about it at all. We love our work. The doctors and nurses are here, we worry, we cry, but none of us will give up.”
Beckham, a UNICEF ambassador since 2005, urged his followers to donate to the charity, which works in Ukraine to provide families with access to clean water and food, deliver ready-to-use kits to maternity hospitals and ensure child protection services continue.
“Thanks to your donations, the oxygen generators we received are helping the newborns survive in appalling conditions,” he said.
Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, has been a constant target of Russian bombing for three weeks.