David Beckham has handed control of his Instagram account to a Ukrainian doctor working in Kharkiv to draw attention to the current situation in Ukraine’s second largest city.
The former footballer, who has 71.4million Instagram followers, said he wanted to highlight the “amazing work” of the medical staff operating amid the Russian invasion.
Iryna, head of the regional perinatal center and pediatric anesthesiologist, posted clips and images to Sportsman’s Stories throughout Sunday, showing the realities of the conflict for those working on the frontlines.
“Today I will show you how we work in wartime and who we have become in these wartime days,” she said.
Iryna has shared videos showing a basement where pregnant women and young mothers were evacuated to during the first days of the invasion, an intensive care unit where babies are treated and oxygen generators donated by Unicef.
Iryna, who is only identified by her first name, said she now works 24/7 and that: “We’re probably risking our lives, but we don’t think about it at all. We love our work.”
She also posted about Yana and her young son, Mykhailo, who was born on the second day of the war with respiratory problems and whose home was destroyed during the fighting.
She said the child is “doing better now.”
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid player Beckham (46) has been an ambassador for the aid organization Unicef since 2005.
He urged his supporters to donate money to those affected by the conflict.
Unicef is working in Ukraine to give families access to clean water and food, ensure child protection services continue and assess the refugee situation in neighboring countries.
“Thanks to your donations, the oxygen generators they received help newborns survive in appalling conditions,” he said.
Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, has been the target of Russian attacks for about three weeks and has seen some of the worst fighting.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
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