Richard Brennan, a WHO official based in Cairo, has given an update on the condition of 28 premature babies evacuated to Egypt from Gaza.
Speaking to ABC NewsRadio in Australia on Tuesday, Brennan said the babies were “not out of the woods yet” but he was “cautiously optimistic” they would make a recovery.
“We’re cautiously optimistic they will do well but we have to watch them very, very closely,” he said. “They can still develop further complications and deteriorate acutely. They’re not out of the woods yet by any means, so they need that intensive care for some time to come.”
Brennan also said a number of the babies had been orphaned.
“We originally were told that none of them [their parents] could be found but, as we’ve heard over the last 24 hours, several did turn up,” he said. “So that’s a huge relief for those little ones.”
The newborns had been patients at al-Shifa, Gaza’s largest medical facility, where officials say eight infants died amid the Israeli military’s ground and air assault on the enclave.