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07/25/2013

Call the midwife: Syrian teenage "doctor" delivers

Midwife
VICE PRESENTS 'GROUND ZERO: SYRIA - ALEPPO'S CHILD NURSE' FROM CORRESPONDENT ROBERT KING


If you’re having a baby in a war zone, who do you call?

If you’re a desperate woman in labor in Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo, that would be a 14-year-old boy.

This wrenching video from videographer Robert King shows that today’s war heroes don’t have to carry guns. It features a teenager who is a child soldier in the war against senseless death.

Here's the description from New York-based multi-media company VICE:

 VICE today presents the latest from its Ground Zero: Syria series, featuring the life and work of a 14-year old child nurse who delivers babies, stitches and cleans wounds, changes bandages, and mops floors, while the country's actual doctors are fleeing amidst the brutal war in Aleppo.

As Assad's troops and the Free Syrian Army continue to battle in the middle of Aleppo, there is a mass exodus of Syria's doctors who are being prompted to flee. VICE photographer and videographer Robert King recently revisited the one hospital that serves as a haven for birthing mothers, where we meet a young teenager who works in the establishment, facing the challenges of depleting medical supplies and attending to newborns with no electricity.
Watch Ground Zero: Syria - Aleppo's Child Nurse on VICE: e
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