Miami, United States, Mar 19 (EFE).- A Miami-based organization Saturday said it rescued a surrogate baby from a hospital in Kyiv seven days after his birth in the war-ravaged Ukraine.
The baby, named Aari, has been safely handed over to its Canadian parents on the border with Poland, said the Project Dynamo, an American civilian and ally rescue non-profit based in Tampa.
The non-profit, a coalition of US veterans and civilians, carried out the operation “Gemini 3” in two days.
Aari was in a hospital in the Ukrainian capital since his birth. His parents were at the border with Poland, waiting for the rescuers to deliver him to them.
“Baby Aari is doing so great this entire trip and might be one of our most quiet evacuees so far,” a rescuer said in a hushed tone in a video.
He held the sleeping infant in his lap on their way to the Polish border.
“Cannot wait to deliver him to his parents across the border. We are keeping him safe and sound until then,” he said before the baby’s parents held him for the first them.
Project Dynamo said it was the third mission to rescue surrogate babies in Ukraine since the Russian invasion on Feb.24.
Project Dynamo volunteers evacuated prematurely-born twin boys from a Kyiv hospital and handed them over to their parents in the United States.
A British baby, also born prematurely, was rescued and handed over to the family as the war raged in the country.
The twins and the girl were taken in incubators inside an ambulance as doctors and nurses accompanied them to Poland.
The Tampa organization rescues Americans and its allies in crises, disasters, and war.
In its more than 20 missions so far, it has brought more than 215 people to safety, mainly in Afghanistan, where they began to act after the US withdrawal in August last year.
Local media in Tampa said members of the organization have been in Ukraine since January, creating the conditions for future missions as the threat of a Russian invasion loomed.
The NGO took its name from an operation carried out during World War II by military personnel and civilians who joined forces to evacuate soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in Normandy (France) and “saved many lives during one of the darkest chapters of world history.” EFE