- Soccer superstar David Beckham passed his social media accounts to a Ukrainian doctor named Iryna.
- Iryna, head of Kharkiv’s Regional Perinatal Center, showed viewers what it was like working amidst the war.
- Beckham, a Unicef ambassador, has a combined 127.5 million followers on Instagram and Facebook.
Soccer superstar David Beckham has handed over his Instagram and Facebook accounts to a Ukrainian doctor to highlight the “amazing work” that she and other health workers are doing in the besieged city of Kharkiv.
On Sunday, Beckham — who has 71.5 million followers on Instagram and 56 million on Facebook — passed the social media reins to a woman named “Iryna,” a child anesthesiologist and head of the city’s Regional Perinatal Center.
Several outlets, including opposition TV channel Nexta TV, identified her as Irina Kondratova.
In a series of photos and videos shared via the former footballer’s Instagram and Facebook Stories, Iryna showed viewers what it was like working with pregnant women in the middle of a conflict.
She first walked viewers through the basement where pregnant women and new mothers were evacuated to on the first day when Russia invaded Ukraine. “It was a terrible three hours that we spent together,” read the text on the video.
She noted how, “unfortunately, we can’t take babies who are in intensive care to the basement, because they rely on life-saving equipment.”
In another clip, Iryna attends to a woman and a newborn. The text onscreen read: “The first days were the most difficult. We had to learn how to work with bombings and strikes.”
She also shared a video of a young mother named Yana and her baby boy Mykhailo, who was born with breathing difficulties on the second day of the war. “He is better now. But his family’s house was destroyed and they can’t go back,” Iryna said.
“My work is 24/7 now. I’m here all day,” she added as she called for donations to charities such as Unicef, which she said provided oxygen generators to the facility.
“We are probably risking our lives, but we don’t think about it at all. We love our work,” she said. “Doctors and nurses here, we worry, we cry, but none of us will give up.”
Beckham became a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador in 2005. He did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.