The chief surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross has given a harrowing account of an amputation his group carried out at a hospital in southern Gaza in a video diary shared with Sky News.
Dr Tom Potokar stated his group needed to amputate the hand of a six-year-old baby with “very deep burn injuries”.
He stated the boy’s hand had been “charred” and was the reason for ongoing an infection which was making him very unwell.
The baby stays in a crucial situation.
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Dr Potokar despatched the eyewitness account from the European Gaza Hospital in southern Gaza.
He described “another very busy day” in theatre the place his group had been coping with “very limited resources, very limited monitoring and really far from ideal circumstances anesthetising patients”.
They are, nonetheless, in a position to get sufferers ready the place they’ll function on them, due to the “amazing” work of his anaesthetist, he stated.
Israel has been urging civilians in northern Gaza to journey to the south because it continues to push ahead with its floor operations following the 7 October assaults.
However, bombardments have continued within the south.
Dr Potokar stated sufferers are nonetheless arriving on the hospital the place colleagues are coping with “many burns”, difficult blast accidents with in depth tissue loss and bone damage.
A nursing employees scarcity was presenting a significant problem as a result of massive variety of dressing modifications they’re having to deal with, he stated.
They are additionally “inundated with internally displaced people”, he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Potokar stated bombardment continues each night time, together with “one very close at 1.30am this morning which whistled over the top of the building”.
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To the north, Israeli strikes have been pounding Gaza City as floor forces battle Hamas fighters close to its largest hospital.
Health officers stated medics, sufferers and displaced folks had been trapped within the al Shifa Hospital with no electrical energy and dwindling provides.
Israel claims the al Shifa hospital is a command centre for Hamas, a declare the group – which the UK has designated a proscribed terrorist organisation – has denied.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected rising worldwide requires a ceasefire, saying Israel’s battle to crush Hamas militants will proceed with “full force”.