Baby born with shrapnel stuck in head

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  • 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.

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    Pro-government protesters hold pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father, Hafez al-Assad, during a rally in Damascus, Syria, on March 18, 2011. Bashar al-Assad has ruled Syria since 2000, when his father passed away following 30 years in charge. An anti-regime uprising that started in March 2011 has spiraled into civil war. The United Nations estimates more than 220,000 people have been killed.

    Pro-government protesters hold pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father, Hafez al-Assad, during a rally in Damascus, Syria, on March 18, 2011. Bashar al-Assad has ruled Syria since 2000, when his father passed away following 30 years in charge. An anti-regime uprising that started in March 2011 has spiraled into civil war. The United Nations estimates more than 220,000 people have been killed.

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    Pro-government protesters hold pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father, Hafez al-Assad, during a rally in Damascus, Syria, on March 18, 2011. Bashar al-Assad has ruled Syria since 2000, when his father passed away following 30 years in charge. An anti-regime uprising that started in March 2011 has spiraled into civil war. The United Nations estimates more than 220,000 people have been killed.
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    An injured man lying in the back of a vehicle is rushed to a hospital in Daraa, south of Damascus, on March 23, 2011. Violence flared in Daraa after a group of teens and children were arrested for writing political graffiti. Dozens of people were killed when security forces cracked down on demonstrations.

    An injured man lying in the back of a vehicle is rushed to a hospital in Daraa, south of Damascus, on March 23, 2011. Violence flared in Daraa after a group of teens and children were arrested for writing political graffiti. Dozens of people were killed when security forces cracked down on demonstrations.

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    An injured man lying in the back of a vehicle is rushed to a hospital in Daraa, south of Damascus, on March 23, 2011. Violence flared in Daraa after a group of teens and children were arrested for writing political graffiti. Dozens of people were killed when security forces cracked down on demonstrations.
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    Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Daraa on March 23, 2011. In response to continuing protests, the Syrian government announced several plans to appease citizens.

    Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Daraa on March 23, 2011. In response to continuing protests, the Syrian government announced several plans to appease citizens.

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    Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Daraa on March 23, 2011. In response to continuing protests, the Syrian government announced several plans to appease citizens.
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    Syrian children walk over bricks stored for road repairs during a spontaneous protest June 15, 2011, at a refugee camp near the Syrian border in Yayladagi, Turkey.

    Syrian children walk over bricks stored for road repairs during a spontaneous protest June 15, 2011, at a refugee camp near the Syrian border in Yayladagi, Turkey.

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    Syrian children walk over bricks stored for road repairs during a spontaneous protest June 15, 2011, at a refugee camp near the Syrian border in Yayladagi, Turkey.
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    Jamal al-Wadi of Daraa speaks in Istanbul on September 15, 2011, after an alignment of Syrian opposition leaders announced the creation of a Syrian National Council -- their bid to present a united front against al-Assad's regime and establish a democratic system.

    Jamal al-Wadi of Daraa speaks in Istanbul on September 15, 2011, after an alignment of Syrian opposition leaders announced the creation of a Syrian National Council -- their bid to present a united front against al-Assad's regime and establish a democratic system.

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    Jamal al-Wadi of Daraa speaks in Istanbul on September 15, 2011, after an alignment of Syrian opposition leaders announced the creation of a Syrian National Council — their bid to present a united front against al-Assad’s regime and establish a democratic system.
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    Suicide bombs hit two security service bases in Damascus on December 23, 2011, <a href="http://ift.tt/1j22trA; target="_blank">killing at least 44 people</a> and wounding 166.

    Suicide bombs hit two security service bases in Damascus on December 23, 2011, <a href="http://ift.tt/1j22trA; target="_blank">killing at least 44 people</a> and wounding 166.

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    Suicide bombs hit two security service bases in Damascus on December 23, 2011, killing at least 44 people and wounding 166.
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    Supporters of al-Assad celebrate during a referendum vote in Damascus on February 26, 2012. Opposition activists reported <a href="http://ift.tt/1WcUB4U; target="_blank">at least 55 deaths</a> across the country as Syrians headed to the polls. Analysts and protesters widely described the constitutional referendum as a farce. "Essentially, what (al-Assad's) done here is put a piece of paper that he controls to a vote that he controls so that he can try and maintain control," a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.

    Supporters of al-Assad celebrate during a referendum vote in Damascus on February 26, 2012. Opposition activists reported <a href="http://ift.tt/1WcUB4U; target="_blank">at least 55 deaths</a> across the country as Syrians headed to the polls. Analysts and protesters widely described the constitutional referendum as a farce. "Essentially, what (al-Assad's) done here is put a piece of paper that he controls to a vote that he controls so that he can try and maintain control," a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.

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    Supporters of al-Assad celebrate during a referendum vote in Damascus on February 26, 2012. Opposition activists reported at least 55 deaths across the country as Syrians headed to the polls. Analysts and protesters widely described the constitutional referendum as a farce. "Essentially, what (al-Assad’s) done here is put a piece of paper that he controls to a vote that he controls so that he can try and maintain control," a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.
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    Syrian refugees walk across a field in Syria before crossing into Turkey on March 14, 2012.

    Syrian refugees walk across a field in Syria before crossing into Turkey on March 14, 2012.

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    Syrian refugees walk across a field in Syria before crossing into Turkey on March 14, 2012.
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    An injured man gets treated in a Damascus neighborhood on April 3, 2012.

    An injured man gets treated in a Damascus neighborhood on April 3, 2012.

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    An injured man gets treated in a Damascus neighborhood on April 3, 2012.
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    People gather on May 26, 2012, at a mass burial for victims reportedly killed by Syrian forces in Syria's Houla region. U.N. officials confirmed that <a href="http://ift.tt/1j22vzB; target="_blank">more than 100 Syrian civilians were killed</a>, including nearly 50 children. Syria's government denied its troops were behind the bloodbath.

    People gather on May 26, 2012, at a mass burial for victims reportedly killed by Syrian forces in Syria's Houla region. U.N. officials confirmed that <a href="http://ift.tt/1j22vzB; target="_blank">more than 100 Syrian civilians were killed</a>, including nearly 50 children. Syria's government denied its troops were behind the bloodbath.

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    People gather on May 26, 2012, at a mass burial for victims reportedly killed by Syrian forces in Syria’s Houla region. U.N. officials confirmed that more than 100 Syrian civilians were killed, including nearly 50 children. Syria’s government denied its troops were behind the bloodbath.
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    Rebel fighters with the Free Syrian Army capture a police officer in Aleppo, Syria, who they believed to be pro-regime militiaman on July 31, 2012. Dozens of officers were reportedly killed as rebels seized police stations in the city.

    Rebel fighters with the Free Syrian Army capture a police officer in Aleppo, Syria, who they believed to be pro-regime militiaman on July 31, 2012. Dozens of officers were reportedly killed as rebels seized police stations in the city.

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    Rebel fighters with the Free Syrian Army capture a police officer in Aleppo, Syria, who they believed to be pro-regime militiaman on July 31, 2012. Dozens of officers were reportedly killed as rebels seized police stations in the city.
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover as a Syrian Army tank shell hits a building across the street during clashes in the Salaheddine neighborhood of central Aleppo on August 17, 2012.

    A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover as a Syrian Army tank shell hits a building across the street during clashes in the Salaheddine neighborhood of central Aleppo on August 17, 2012.

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    A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover as a Syrian Army tank shell hits a building across the street during clashes in the Salaheddine neighborhood of central Aleppo on August 17, 2012.
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    Family members mourn the deaths of their relatives in front of a field hospital in Aleppo on August 21, 2012.

    Family members mourn the deaths of their relatives in front of a field hospital in Aleppo on August 21, 2012.

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    Family members mourn the deaths of their relatives in front of a field hospital in Aleppo on August 21, 2012.
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    A Syrian man carrying grocery bags dodges sniper fire in Aleppo as he runs through an alley near a checkpoint manned by the Free Syrian Army on September 14, 2012.

    A Syrian man carrying grocery bags dodges sniper fire in Aleppo as he runs through an alley near a checkpoint manned by the Free Syrian Army on September 14, 2012.

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    A Syrian man carrying grocery bags dodges sniper fire in Aleppo as he runs through an alley near a checkpoint manned by the Free Syrian Army on September 14, 2012.
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    Free Syrian Army fighters are reflected in a mirror they use to see a Syrian Army post only 50 meters away in Aleppo on September 16, 2012.

    Free Syrian Army fighters are reflected in a mirror they use to see a Syrian Army post only 50 meters away in Aleppo on September 16, 2012.

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    Free Syrian Army fighters are reflected in a mirror they use to see a Syrian Army post only 50 meters away in Aleppo on September 16, 2012.
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    Smoke rises over the streets after a mortar bomb from Syria landed in the Turkish border village of Akcakale on October 3, 2012. Five people were killed. In response, <a href="http://ift.tt/1j22w6O; target="_blank">Turkey fired on Syrian targets</a> and its parliament authorized a resolution giving the government permission to deploy soldiers to foreign countries.

    Smoke rises over the streets after a mortar bomb from Syria landed in the Turkish border village of Akcakale on October 3, 2012. Five people were killed. In response, <a href="http://ift.tt/1j22w6O; target="_blank">Turkey fired on Syrian targets</a> and its parliament authorized a resolution giving the government permission to deploy soldiers to foreign countries.

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    Smoke rises over the streets after a mortar bomb from Syria landed in the Turkish border village of Akcakale on October 3, 2012. Five people were killed. In response, Turkey fired on Syrian targets and its parliament authorized a resolution giving the government permission to deploy soldiers to foreign countries.
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    A Syrian rebel walks inside a burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo hours before the Syrian army retook control of the complex on October 14, 2012.

    A Syrian rebel walks inside a burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo hours before the Syrian army retook control of the complex on October 14, 2012.

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    A Syrian rebel walks inside a burnt section of the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo hours before the Syrian army retook control of the complex on October 14, 2012.
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    Relatives of Syrian detainees who were arrested for participating in anti-government protests wait in front of a police building in Damascus on October 24, 2012. The Syrian government said it released 290 prisoners.

    Relatives of Syrian detainees who were arrested for participating in anti-government protests wait in front of a police building in Damascus on October 24, 2012. The Syrian government said it released 290 prisoners.

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    Relatives of Syrian detainees who were arrested for participating in anti-government protests wait in front of a police building in Damascus on October 24, 2012. The Syrian government said it released 290 prisoners.
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    An Israeli tank crew sits on the Golan Heights overlooking the Syrian village of Breqa on November 6, 2012. Israel fired warning shots toward Syria after a mortar shell hit an Israeli military post. It was the first time Israel fired on Syria across the Golan Heights since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

    An Israeli tank crew sits on the Golan Heights overlooking the Syrian village of Breqa on November 6, 2012. Israel fired warning shots toward Syria after a mortar shell hit an Israeli military post. It was the first time Israel fired on Syria across the Golan Heights since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

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    An Israeli tank crew sits on the Golan Heights overlooking the Syrian village of Breqa on November 6, 2012. Israel fired warning shots toward Syria after a mortar shell hit an Israeli military post. It was the first time Israel fired on Syria across the Golan Heights since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
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    Rebels celebrate next to the remains of a Syrian government fighter jet that was shot down at Daret Ezza, on the border of the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, on November 28, 2012.

    Rebels celebrate next to the remains of a Syrian government fighter jet that was shot down at Daret Ezza, on the border of the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, on November 28, 2012.

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    Rebels celebrate next to the remains of a Syrian government fighter jet that was shot down at Daret Ezza, on the border of the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, on November 28, 2012.
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    Smoke rises in the Hanano and Bustan al-Basha districts in Aleppo as fighting continues through the night on December 1, 2012.

    Smoke rises in the Hanano and Bustan al-Basha districts in Aleppo as fighting continues through the night on December 1, 2012.

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    Smoke rises in the Hanano and Bustan al-Basha districts in Aleppo as fighting continues through the night on December 1, 2012.
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    The bodies of three children are laid out for identification by family members at a makeshift hospital in Aleppo on December 2, 2012. The children were allegedly killed in a mortar shell attack that landed close to a bakery in the city.

    The bodies of three children are laid out for identification by family members at a makeshift hospital in Aleppo on December 2, 2012. The children were allegedly killed in a mortar shell attack that landed close to a bakery in the city.

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    The bodies of three children are laid out for identification by family members at a makeshift hospital in Aleppo on December 2, 2012. The children were allegedly killed in a mortar shell attack that landed close to a bakery in the city.
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    A father reacts after the deaths of two of his children in Aleppo on January 3, 2013.

    A father reacts after the deaths of two of his children in Aleppo on January 3, 2013.

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    A father reacts after the deaths of two of his children in Aleppo on January 3, 2013.
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    A rebel fighter prepares the wires of a car-mounted camera used to spy on Syrian government forces while his comrade smokes a cigarette in Aleppo's Bab al-Nasr district on January 7, 2013.

    A rebel fighter prepares the wires of a car-mounted camera used to spy on Syrian government forces while his comrade smokes a cigarette in Aleppo's Bab al-Nasr district on January 7, 2013.

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    A rebel fighter prepares the wires of a car-mounted camera used to spy on Syrian government forces while his comrade smokes a cigarette in Aleppo’s Bab al-Nasr district on January 7, 2013.
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    Syrians look for survivors amid the rubble of a building targeted by a missile in the al-Mashhad neighborhood of Aleppo on January 7, 2013.

    Syrians look for survivors amid the rubble of a building targeted by a missile in the al-Mashhad neighborhood of Aleppo on January 7, 2013.

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    Syrians look for survivors amid the rubble of a building targeted by a missile in the al-Mashhad neighborhood of Aleppo on January 7, 2013.
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    Rebels launch a missile near the Abu Baker brigade in Al-Bab, Syria, on January 16, 2013.

    Rebels launch a missile near the Abu Baker brigade in Al-Bab, Syria, on January 16, 2013.

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    Rebels launch a missile near the Abu Baker brigade in Al-Bab, Syria, on January 16, 2013.
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    An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq on July 18, 2013.

    An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq on July 18, 2013.

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    An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq on July 18, 2013.
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    A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows people inspecting bodies of children and adults who rebels claim were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces on August 21, 2013. A week later, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. intelligence information found that <a href="http://ift.tt/1WcUBla; target="_blank">1,429 people were killed</a> in the chemical weapons attack, including more than 400 children. Al-Assad's government claimed that jihadists fighting with the rebels carried out the chemical weapons attacks to turn global sentiments against it.

    A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows people inspecting bodies of children and adults who rebels claim were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces on August 21, 2013. A week later, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. intelligence information found that <a href="http://ift.tt/1WcUBla; target="_blank">1,429 people were killed</a> in the chemical weapons attack, including more than 400 children. Al-Assad's government claimed that jihadists fighting with the rebels carried out the chemical weapons attacks to turn global sentiments against it.

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    A handout image released by the Syrian opposition’s Shaam News Network shows people inspecting bodies of children and adults who rebels claim were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces on August 21, 2013. A week later, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said U.S. intelligence information found that 1,429 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including more than 400 children. Al-Assad’s government claimed that jihadists fighting with the rebels carried out the chemical weapons attacks to turn global sentiments against it.
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    The U.N. Security Council passes a resolution September 27, 2013, requiring Syria to eliminate its arsenal of chemical weapons. Al-Assad said he would abide by the resolution.

    The U.N. Security Council passes a resolution September 27, 2013, requiring Syria to eliminate its arsenal of chemical weapons. Al-Assad said he would abide by the resolution.

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    The U.N. Security Council passes a resolution September 27, 2013, requiring Syria to eliminate its arsenal of chemical weapons. Al-Assad said he would abide by the resolution.
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    Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo's Bustan Al-Qasr neighborhood on October 20, 2013. Witnesses said the fire was caused by a bullet from a pro-government sniper.

    Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo's Bustan Al-Qasr neighborhood on October 20, 2013. Witnesses said the fire was caused by a bullet from a pro-government sniper.

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    Residents run from a fire at a gasoline and oil shop in Aleppo’s Bustan Al-Qasr neighborhood on October 20, 2013. Witnesses said the fire was caused by a bullet from a pro-government sniper.
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    Syrian children wait as doctors perform medical checkups at a refugee center in Sofia, Bulgaria, on October 26, 2013.

    Syrian children wait as doctors perform medical checkups at a refugee center in Sofia, Bulgaria, on October 26, 2013.

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    Syrian children wait as doctors perform medical checkups at a refugee center in Sofia, Bulgaria, on October 26, 2013.
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    An injured man is helped following an airstrike in Aleppo's Maadi neighborhood on December 17, 2013.

    An injured man is helped following an airstrike in Aleppo's Maadi neighborhood on December 17, 2013.

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    Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, on January 31, 2014.

    Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, on January 31, 2014.

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    Residents wait to receive food aid distributed by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, on January 31, 2014.
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    A man holds a baby who was rescued from rubble after an airstrike in Aleppo on February 14, 2014.

    A man holds a baby who was rescued from rubble after an airstrike in Aleppo on February 14, 2014.

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    A man holds a baby who was rescued from rubble after an airstrike in Aleppo on February 14, 2014.
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    A U.S. ship staff member wears personal protective equipment at a naval airbase in Rota, Spain, on April 10, 2014. A former container vessel was fitted out with at least $10 million of gear to let it take on about 560 metric tons of Syria's most dangerous chemical agents and sail them out to sea, officials said.

    A U.S. ship staff member wears personal protective equipment at a naval airbase in Rota, Spain, on April 10, 2014. A former container vessel was fitted out with at least $10 million of gear to let it take on about 560 metric tons of Syria's most dangerous chemical agents and sail them out to sea, officials said.

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    A U.S. ship staff member wears personal protective equipment at a naval airbase in Rota, Spain, on April 10, 2014. A former container vessel was fitted out with at least $10 million of gear to let it take on about 560 metric tons of Syria’s most dangerous chemical agents and sail them out to sea, officials said.
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    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade during heavy clashes in Aleppo on April 27, 2014.

    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade during heavy clashes in Aleppo on April 27, 2014.

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    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade during heavy clashes in Aleppo on April 27, 2014.
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    A giant poster of al-Assad is seen in Damascus on May 31, 2014, ahead of the country's presidential elections. He received 88.7% of the vote in the country's first election after the civil war broke out.

    A giant poster of al-Assad is seen in Damascus on May 31, 2014, ahead of the country's presidential elections. He received 88.7% of the vote in the country's first election after the civil war broke out.

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    A giant poster of al-Assad is seen in Damascus on May 31, 2014, ahead of the country’s presidential elections. He received 88.7% of the vote in the country’s first election after the civil war broke out.
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    Rebel fighters execute two men on July 25, 2014, in Binnish, Syria. The men were reportedly charged by an Islamic religious court with detonating several car bombs.

    Rebel fighters execute two men on July 25, 2014, in Binnish, Syria. The men were reportedly charged by an Islamic religious court with detonating several car bombs.

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    Rebel fighters execute two men on July 25, 2014, in Binnish, Syria. The men were reportedly charged by an Islamic religious court with detonating several car bombs.
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    Photographs of victims of the Assad regime are displayed as a Syrian army defector known as "Caesar," center, appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington. The July 31, 2014, briefing was called "Assad's Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy." Caesar, apparently a witness to the regime's brutality, has <a href="http://ift.tt/1j22ufc; target="_blank">smuggled more than 50,000 photographs</a> depicting the torture and execution of more than 10,000 dissidents. CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the photos, documents and testimony referenced in the report.

    Photographs of victims of the Assad regime are displayed as a Syrian army defector known as "Caesar," center, appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington. The July 31, 2014, briefing was called "Assad's Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy." Caesar, apparently a witness to the regime's brutality, has <a href="http://ift.tt/1j22ufc; target="_blank">smuggled more than 50,000 photographs</a> depicting the torture and execution of more than 10,000 dissidents. CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the photos, documents and testimony referenced in the report.

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    Photographs of victims of the Assad regime are displayed as a Syrian army defector known as "Caesar," center, appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington. The July 31, 2014, briefing was called "Assad’s Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy." Caesar, apparently a witness to the regime’s brutality, has smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more than 10,000 dissidents. CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the photos, documents and testimony referenced in the report.
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    Volunteers remove a dead body from under debris after shelling in Aleppo on August 29, 2014. According to the Syrian Civil Defense, barrel bombs are now the greatest killer of civilians in many parts of Syria. <a href="http://ift.tt/1WcUBSk; target="_blank">The White Helmets</a> are a humanitarian organization that tries to save lives and offer relief.

    Volunteers remove a dead body from under debris after shelling in Aleppo on August 29, 2014. According to the Syrian Civil Defense, barrel bombs are now the greatest killer of civilians in many parts of Syria. <a href="http://ift.tt/1WcUBSk; target="_blank">The White Helmets</a> are a humanitarian organization that tries to save lives and offer relief.

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    Volunteers remove a dead body from under debris after shelling in Aleppo on August 29, 2014. According to the Syrian Civil Defense, barrel bombs are now the greatest killer of civilians in many parts of Syria. The White Helmets are a humanitarian organization that tries to save lives and offer relief.
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    Medics tend to a man's injuries at a field hospital in Douma after airstrikes on September 20, 2014.

    Medics tend to a man's injuries at a field hospital in Douma after airstrikes on September 20, 2014.

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    Medics tend to a man’s injuries at a field hospital in Douma after airstrikes on September 20, 2014.
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    A long-exposure photograph shows a rocket being launched in Aleppo on October 5, 2014.

    A long-exposure photograph shows a rocket being launched in Aleppo on October 5, 2014.

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    A long-exposure photograph shows a rocket being launched in Aleppo on October 5, 2014.
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    A man gives medical assistance as two wounded children wait nearby at a field hospital in Douma on February 2, 2015.

    A man gives medical assistance as two wounded children wait nearby at a field hospital in Douma on February 2, 2015.

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    A man gives medical assistance as two wounded children wait nearby at a field hospital in Douma on February 2, 2015.
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    Rebel fighters dig caves in the mountains for bomb shelters in the northern countryside of Hama on March 9, 2015.

    Rebel fighters dig caves in the mountains for bomb shelters in the northern countryside of Hama on March 9, 2015.

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    Rebel fighters dig caves in the mountains for bomb shelters in the northern countryside of Hama on March 9, 2015.
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    Nusra Front fighters inspect a helicopter belonging to pro-government forces after it crashed in the rebel-held Idlib countryside on March 22, 2015.

    Nusra Front fighters inspect a helicopter belonging to pro-government forces after it crashed in the rebel-held Idlib countryside on March 22, 2015.

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    Nusra Front fighters inspect a helicopter belonging to pro-government forces after it crashed in the rebel-held Idlib countryside on March 22, 2015.
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    A Syrian boy receives treatment at a local hospital following an alleged chlorine gas attack in the Idlib suburb of Jabal al-Zawia on April 27, 2015.

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    A Syrian child fleeing the war gets lifted over fences to enter Turkish territory illegally near a border crossing at Akcakale, Turkey, on June 14, 2015.

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    A sandstorm blows over damaged buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of Damascus, on September 7, 2015.

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    Fearing for the survival of the mother and the child in her womb, doctors decided to do an emergency laparotomy.

    What the doctors couldn’t have imagined when they delivered the baby was this: a piece of shrapnel lodged in the newborn’s forehead, just above her left eye.

    The shrapnel had pierced the mother’s belly and the womb, doctors told CNN. The surgeons removed the shrapnel from the baby’s forehead.

    "We don’t know if the baby girl saved her mother from this shrapnel or the mother saved her baby" a doctor told CNN, "but we all know that the devilish regime tried to kill them both."

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    A video of the surgery was posted on Facebook, showing surgeons performing the C-section. Once the baby was born and took her first crying breaths, a doctor can be heard off camera saying, "This is the shrapnel. God willing, the baby is in a good condition.

    The video shows an open wounds just above her left eye where the shrapnel was.

    "Praise be to God, God is greater than Bashar" the surgeon says, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    "She wasn’t even born, and she was targeted," said Dr. Mohammed Tabbaa, who works directly with the doctors who performed the surgery. "I mean, that’s the situation. I’m hoping she’ll have a better future."

    Tabbaa runs SEMA Syria Expatriate Medical Association.

    An anesthesiologist described the terrified, bloody and bruised pregnant woman coming into the operating room.

    "Shells are daily thing — they’ve killed women, children and the elderly," the anesthesiologist said. "This shows the desperation of the situation."

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    Hospitals in danger

    Though doctors in Aleppo saved the lives of mother and child, they said there is fear that the al-Assad regime will target hospitals and medical personnel, as they have in the past.

    CNN obtained this photo of an underground hospital in an undisclosed location in Syria

    CNN obtained this photo of an underground hospital in an undisclosed location in Syria

    CNN obtained this photo of an underground hospital in an undisclosed location in Syria

    Airstrikes on hospitals in Syria have resulted in some medical facilities being moved underground.

    Photos obtained by CNN of one underground medical facility in an undisclosed location showed a space that resembles a normal, but very basic, hospital room. The hallways, however, are bare tunnels or tunnels with some flooring and shelves in place.

    Tabaa said moving hospital facilities underground costs around half a million dollars, but that the war necessitates it. He said he hopes more hospitals can be moved to safety underground.

    "We know there’s atrocities all over," Tabaa said, "but at least we can reduce the damage."

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    CNN’s Yousuf Basil and Mariano Castillo contributed to this story

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