Brave Yasmine cheerful despite 10-hour journey

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 06 May 2003


SEPANG: Unsure of her future after losing both legs in a bomb attack in Baghdad, nine-year-old Yasmine Wa'adi was cheerful on arrival at the KL International Airport at 5.30pm yesterday. 

Accompanied by her father Wa'adi Makhtoor Hassan, she smiled and put on a brave front for the cameras after a 10-hour flight on the Royal Jordanian Airlines. 

Yasmine being fed a biscuit by her father, Wa'adi Makhtoor at KLIA Monday.

Yasmine was immediately wheeled into a special room where consultant orthopaedic surgeons Dr S. Suppiah and Dr P. Ganapathy gave her a medical check-up. 

Yasmine and her father were on the same flight as 27 journalists from the JMTM team, headed by NST group editor Datuk Ahmad Talib.  

She was later taken to the Chinese Maternity Hospital, which has offered to perform her surgery for free. 

“She was very brave and did not cry,” Ahmad said, adding that Yasmine would be here for a month. 

He described his experience covering the war in Iraq as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which could not be measured in monetary terms.  

“I hope all those who have had similar experiences would impart them to their colleagues in future,'' he said. 

Second Finance Minister Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis and Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil were also at the airport to meet Yasmine. 

They said they would help her and her father rebuild her life when she returns home. 

“She is incredible,” Shahrizat said, adding that her ministry would work with Peace Malaysia to be Yasmine's foster mother. 

Jamaluddin urged more companies and Malaysians to render financial assistance to Yasmine and others like her.  

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Nation

Hike in prices of goods not due to cartels, says Rosol
Sarawak state election: PBB has identified candidates, says Nanta
Melaka polls: Umno-PAS multi-way contests will make things difficult in Selangor
EC to present SOPs for Melaka election on Friday (Oct 22), says Khairy
We've met several party leaders but no rush to sign up, says Idris Haron
Covid-19: Health Ministry has learnt from Sabah polls experience, says KJ
Don't hurry into Sarawak polls, says local civil society group
Aukus military pact will go on, says Australia and UK
Two-year-old killed as lorry hits m-cycle from behind in Kota Tinggi
Floods recede in Kedah, relief centres in four other states remain open

Others Also Read