Unicef Ambassador David Beckham, 46, asked a Ukrainian doctor to take over his Instagram account to highlight the challenges medics face at work during the Russian invasion
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Football icon David Beckham handed control of his Instagram account to a Ukrainian doctor so the world could get a close-up look at the conflict’s devastation.
dr Iryna, a medic in the city of Kharkiv, was granted access on Sunday to shed more light on the Russian invasion.
The doctor, head of a regional perinatal center, spent the day posting videos and photos showing the tireless work of the professionals.
The superstar, 46, has more than 71 million followers on the social media platform.
Footage showed newborns being treated and a basement where patients had to be taken to escape the bombing.
The former Manchester United and England ace said he wanted to highlight the “amazing work Iryna and other health workers like her are doing to save lives in Ukraine”.
dr Iryna said her work has been “round the clock” since the illegal Russian invasion of the country.
“The first few days were the most difficult. We had to learn to deal with bombings and strikes,” she said.
“We’re probably risking our lives, but we don’t think about it at all. We love our work. Doctors and nurses here, we worry, we cry, but none of us will give up.”
In a video on Instagram, the former midfielder said: “Hello everyone, so I turn over my social media to Iryna, the head of the regional perinatal center in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where she helps pregnant mothers give birth safely.
“Thanks to your donations, the oxygen generators they received help newborns survive in appalling conditions.”
Becks took time to encourage his followers around the world to donate to Unicef, the UN relief organization for which he serves as an ambassador.
David and his wife Victoria are said to have donated £1million to fund the organization’s work in Ukraine.
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He gave his Instagram to the paramedic to show how deep the crisis is getting.
The doctor continued on Instagram Stories: “On the first day of the war, all pregnant women and mothers were evacuated to the basement. It was an awful three hours we spent together.
“Unfortunately, we cannot move babies who are in intensive care down to the basement because they rely on life-saving equipment.
“Now, in addition to being the head of the center, I continue to work as a pediatric anesthesiologist. I unload cargo, take care of logistics and provide emotional support.”
She added: “The support of UNICEF is very important to us. They have been delivering aid to Ukraine for years and have good logistics to deliver ready-to-use kits to maternity hospitals.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/david-beckham-hands-control-instagram-26517481 David Beckham is handing over control of his Instagram account to a fearless Ukrainian doctor