Toll of Syria's war: Baby born with shrapnel on forehead

A newborn baby came into this world bearing a scar of war on her forehead.

Story highlights

  • A pregnant woman was injured during an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria
  • The baby in her womb was delivered by laparotomy and was found to have a shrapnel wound
  • Surgeons removed the shrapnel, and the infant survived

(CNN)In war-torn Syria, a baby girl was a victim of the country's civil war before she was even born.

The newborn is named Amel, or "Hope," because of what she has survived in her first days of life in Aleppo. She came into this world bearing a scar of war on her forehead.
Her story is a tragic illustration of a human toll of a war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and pushed millions of others to flee. As European leaders deal with an influx of migrants and refugees flowing through their borders, Amel's story provides the explanation for why the mass migration is happening.
    An airstrike, allegedly by government forces, on September 18 damaged several homes in a residential area of Aleppo, including the home where a woman named Amira and her children live, witnesses and doctors told CNN.
    Amira, who was nine months pregnant, and three of her children were injured in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital, the witnesses said.
    When Amira arrived at the hospital, "she looked sad and confused," Mashfa al Midani Hospital spokesman Abu Louie told CNN.
    Her children had minor injuries, but Amira suffered shrapnel wounds on her face and body, the spokesman said.
    "She was surrounded by her three wounded kids, (and) she was bleeding from several parts of her body including her belly," he said.