Monday, September 17, 2007

Another Family Story: Car Bombs and Hospital Issues

My husband's youngest aunt, who lives in Mosul, had a close call with reality last weekend. Her husband, S, came home from his shop all bloodied and injured. A car bomb had exploded near his little store and a piece of shrapnel had entered his chest, and another his leg. His relatives drove him to the nearest hospital, but for whatever reason, the hospital refused to admit him.
He went home to his wife and daughters in his bloody clothes, and continued bleeding till the following morning.
The next day, a relative drove him to a doctor friend, who was able to locate and extricate the shrapnel in his chest. He was unable to take out the metal in his leg. All of this was done without anasthesia.
And so, the struggle of my Iraqi family continues.


Treasure of Baghdad said...

Oh my God! I am so sorry. That's just heartbreaking. I can imagine what he and his family went through. May God be there for helping them.

I don't know what else to say other than praying for them.

Fatima said...

Thanks, BT. All of our families face this every day, as I'm sure your family does.

Halla said...


It is just sad what Iraqi's are going thru but Thank God he is still alive, take the small blessings. May God keep your family safe!

Fatima said...

So true, Halla. He had a pickup parked in front of the store, and after God's protection, that pickup shielded him from more shrapnel.

yelling_at_the_radio said...

Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. I always worry I will read news like this on your blog. But that is nothing compared to living it.

Jana's Journeys said...

oooh I am so sorry for what is going on there, I am truly saddened and only pray that things will get beyter inshAllah.

Fatima said...

Thank you, Jana. And good luck on your journey. May it be all you hope for and more.