David Beckham has handed over control of his Instagram account to a doctor in Ukraine, in a bid to highlight the “incredible work” of medical professionals caring for patients amid Russia’s invasion of the country.
Throughout Sunday, the former England soccer captain, who has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, allowed Dr. Iryna, director of a perinatal center in Kharkiv, to show her 71.6 million followers the conditions in which she and her colleagues are working.
During the inauguration, organized by the United Nations agency for children, UNICEF, Iryna, who goes by name only, posted clips and images of the facilities in Ukraine’s second largest city on the Stories of Beckham’s Instagram and revealed how the war had affected his role and the work of his team.
Iryna said she now works “24/7”, adding that while her team “probably risked (their) lives” working during the conflict, “we love our work”.
Writing on Instagram Stories, she said: “On the first day of the war, all pregnant women and mothers were evacuated to the basement. It was three terrible hours that we spent together.
“Unfortunately, we can’t take babies that are in intensive care to the basement because they are dependent on life-saving equipment,” she wrote alongside photos of newborns in the intensive care unit hooked up to oxygen generators.
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