Former England football captain and actor David Beckham recently gave his Instagram account and other social media addresses to a Ukrainian doctor to highlight the “amazing” job health workers are doing in the nation. Beckham gave his Instagram account of over 70 million followers to Iryna, the director of the regional perinatal center in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where she helps and cares for pregnant people and babies during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Beckham spoke about the initiative in a video shared on his Instagram account and urged people to donate to charities supporting Ukraine.
He captioned the post: “Today I’m handing over my social channels to Iryna, the director of the regional perinatal center in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where she helps mothers with childbirth. Visit my story highlights to learn more about the amazing work Iryna and health workers 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.”
In the video accompanying his highlights, Iryna explained that she is usually the “Head of the Kharkiv Regional Perinatal Center and Pediatric Anesthesiologist” “in peacetime.”
Since the Russian attack on Ukraine began in late February, Iryna explained in subsequent Instagram Story posts, her responsibilities have expanded: “I’m offloading cargo, working on logistics and providing emotional support.”
In the early days of the invasion, the doctor said patients were evacuated to the basement, although babies in intensive care had to remain in place despite the risk of immovable life-saving equipment.
“The first days were the most difficult. We had to learn how to deal with bombings and strikes,” she says.
David and his wife Victoria Beckham previously launched an emergency call for UNICEF through his 7 fund. This nonprofit organization was on the ground in Ukraine providing emergency relief to children and families affected by the Russian invasion, Fox News reported.
Several celebrities including Mila Kunis, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Andrew Garfield, Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Reynolds have expressed their support for Ukraine.
Recently Meghan Markle and Prince Harry donated to numerous charities in Ukraine.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in response to calls for help from the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk to counter aggression by Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry said the special operation is only targeting Ukraine’s military infrastructure.