Baby injured in Iraq treated in UK hospital

A six-month old Iraqi baby suffering from burns has been flown to the UK to receive life-saving treatment.

Baby Mareyam Ailan was burned following a domestic house fire and are unrelated to the conflict. Mareyam required urgent treatment which could not be provided locally and, as a flight was leaving to bring casualties back to the UK, a decision was made on humanitarian grounds to include Mareyam on the flight.

Mareyam and her parents were flown to Cyprus by the RAF and onto the UK arriving in Liverpool this morning. She was transferred to Alder Hey, Liverpool's children's hospital, where she will receive specialist medical care.

Mareyam is understood to be in a stable condition.

An MoD spokesperson said: "It is not MoD policy to bring civilians into the UK for treatment. However, this was an exceptional case."


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