Brave Yasmine cheerful despite 10-hour journey


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 06 May 2003

BY K. SAITHURUKA

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.  

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