Soccer star David Beckham is doing his part to help inform the world of the plight of the Ukrainian people suffering under the Russian invasion. The husband of Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham turned over his own Instagram account to a doctor who is the director of the Regional Perinatal Center in Kharkiv.
Located near the border with Russia in northeastern Ukraine, Kharkiv has been suffering especially hard under the weight of Russia’s military might and bombardments of the city.
The 46 year old David Beckham’s maternal grandfather was Jewish.
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The doctor who now has his Instagram is known only as Irina.
“We are 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.”
Describing the first day of the invasion “were evacuated to the basement”.
“It was a terrible three hours that we spent together. Unfortunately, we can’t take babies who are in intensive care to the basement because they rely on life-saving equipment,” she said.
“The first days were the most difficult. We had to learn how to work with bombings and strikes.”
David Beckham said in an Instagram video, “Today I’m handing over my social channels to Iryna, the Head of the Regional Perinatal Centre in Kharkiv, Ukraine where she is helping mothers give birth. Head over to my stories to learn more about the amazing work Iryna and health workers like her are doing to save lives in Ukraine. Please give what you can to support @UNICEF and people like Iryna using the donation link in my bio.”
“Thanks to your donations,” said David Beckham. “The oxygen generators they have received are helping newborns survive in appalling conditions.”