Yasmine keen to walk again


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 31 May 2003

BY K. SAITHURUKA

KUALA LUMPUR: Nine-year-old Yasmine Wa’adi is optimistic about walking with her prosthetic legs which willbe fitted on her after June 15. 

Chinese Maternity Hospital consultant general surgeon Dr Ganapathy Pillai said that like most children, Yasmine was optimistic and was adapting to the changes around her positively. 

“She has adapted well to the use of her wheelchair and is optimistic and enthusiastic about walking,” he said yesterday. 

Yasmine underwent one major surgery on May 13 and a minor one, two days later, to salvage her stumps without amputation. 

She lost both legs at 10cm below the knee and her stumps were shrouded with shrapnel and the wound became infected after US-led forces bombed her house in Al Saab, Iraq, on April 9. 

Earlier, Yasmine was wheeled into the boardroom of the hospital yesterday to meet the wives of three Military Attaché/Advisor Corps (MAC). 

ADMIRABLE GIRL:A smiling Yasmine being pampered by Tate (left)and Shahina at theChinese Maternity Hospital yesterday.Looking on are (from left)Krishnan,Abbas and Galuh Putu.

The three were Cathy Tate, wife of United States Embassy naval attaché Capt Robert J. Tate, Shahina Khan Zaman, wife of Bangladesh High Commission defence attaché Air Commodore Syed Shafiuzzaman, and Galuh Putu Dunia, wife of Indonesian Embassy air attaché Colonel IB Putu Dunia. 

They later presented Yasmine with gifts including a personal donation, spent time talking to her and posed for photographs with her. 

Yasmine, who smiled and answered questions throughout the one-hour meeting, said she would like to resume her studies once she got home. 

Asked if she knew what she wanted to become when she was older, Yasmine said: “Only God knows.” 

Speaking through her interpreter friend Mohammad Abbas, Yasmine said she would be back to visit her friends in Malaysia when she has recovered. 

“She is a very cheerful child and a symbol of the brave Iraqi people,” said Shahina, who has been a social worker in Iraq for the past 18 years. 

Hospital director Datuk L Krishnan said the hospital was proud and happy to help out.  

“We have done charity for the local community but this is our first to help an Iraqi,” he said, adding that the hospital would consider performing similar surgery on other international patients if there was a request. 

Yasmine would be discharged from the hospital and moved to the Swiss-Garden Hotel by next week. 

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