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8th May 2023 By The Global Heroes Conflict

Esraa Hesbalrasoul took her preterm twins from an incubator and fled in a panic when a maternity facility in the capital of Sudan came under fire.

Only one of the infants made it out of the mayhem.

Hesbalrasoul is currently caring for her infant in a modest hospital in Omdurman, the capital's twin city, which has been struggling to survive the nearly nonstop combat for weeks.

Fighting between competing generals and the armies they lead began on April 15 and has since bombarded many medical institutions.

According to the United Nations, the fighting has rendered only 16 percent of Khartoum's hospitals completely operational, endangering numerous lives.

But despite the overwhelming odds, the tiny Al-Nada hospital in Omdurman, Khartoum's twin city, continues to be a lifesaver by keeping its doors open and providing essential medical care.

Hesbalrasoul told AFP that "we were told we had to evacuate everyone right away" when strikes struck the area on April 20 near the clinic that was originally caring for the twins.

We had to move our infants as best we could because there weren't any ambulances available, she added.

However, one of them passed away from a lack of oxygen.

Her misfortune is by no means unique.

According to the UN, "219,000 pregnant women are in Khartoum, including 24,000 who are due to give birth in the next few weeks."

One of the few resources they have is Al-Nada.

Its director, Mohammed Fattah al-Rahman, specifically thanks the Sudanese American Physicians Association (SAPA-USA) for a kind contribution that has made it possible for it to continue operating.

In front of incubators full of preterm infants, he told AFP, "we have been able to deliver 500 births, naturally and through caesarian sections, and to admit 80 children" with the help of this money.

But the poorly lighted institution is never far from the battle. Blasting and gunshots may frequently be heard reverberating in the distance.

There is no air conditioning; instead, only overhead fans are used to try to reduce the heat, which may frequently reach temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) even before the summer's sweltering peak.

A large portion of Sudan's limited medical resources have been dedicated to providing emergency care for the war-wounded as the conflict continues to rage, killing hundreds and wounding thousands thus far.

Since the start of the battle, there have been no obstetrics or pediatric care, according to Rahman.

That meant that until they arrived to Al-Nada, which has maternity facilities as well as paediatric care, Sudanese couple Fatima and her husband Jaber were unable to locate any facilities to treat their baby son for meningitis.

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