Ya Yasmine on the road to recovery


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 May 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Ya Yasmine Wa’di, who lost both her legs below the knee during the US-led bombing of Baghdad, will be discharged within 10 days in order to provide her with a non-hospital environment. 

Her sponsorship co-ordinator Hasnah Abdul Rahman said Yasmine, however, would return to the hospital daily for her physiotherapy session. 

Yasmine who received a visit from Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, at the Chinese Maternity Hospital yesterday was recuperating well from reconstructive surgery on both her legs early this month. 

“She will be staying at the Swiss Garden Hotel, which is just across the hospital,” said Hasnah. 

Earlier, Endon who is also Yayasan Budi Penyayang chairman spent more than 30 minutes visiting Yasmine who was delighted to meet the VIP guest. 

SWEET TREAT: Endon offers Yamine some chocolate after presenting her with the contribution from Yayasan Budi Penyayang at the Chinese Maternity Hospital Tuesday.

Endon said she was amazed with the strong spirit Yasmine possessed considering the trauma that she went through. 

“For a nine-year-old I think she’s fantastic, she’s full of courage and full of confidence,” she told reporters. 

Endon said she believed that Yasmine would recover in no time with the help that the Government, NGOs and caring public had given her. 

“I hope with the publicity, more people will visit Yasmine – if only to cheer her up,” she added. 

Yasmine also received RM10,000 from Endon who presented the contribution on behalf of the foundation. 

Also present was New Straits Times group editor Datuk Ahmad A. Talib. 

Yasmine was brought to Malaysia for treatment together with her father, Wa’adi Makhtoor Hassan, early this month following an initiative by the Joint Media Team Malaysia (JMTM) which covered the war in Iraq.  

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