Coptic Christian Woman Who Lost Half Her Face in Egypt Church Bombing to Undergo Facial Surgery

Samiha and her husband at the hospital in Aachen, Germany (World Watch Monitor)

The Coptic Christian woman who lost the right side of her face in a bomb attack on her church in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in 2016 is now in Germany for a complicated operation.

World Watch Monitor (www.worldwatchmonitor.org) reports Samiha Tawfiq will be treated at a university hospital in the western city of Aachen; she will first undergo some more medical tests in the coming weeks, which will be followed by what is expected to be a life-changing operation in December.

“The doctors told me that they will take a piece of bone from my leg to reconstruct the missing side of my face,” Samiha told a contact of the Christian charity Open Doors International. “They also told me they are going to restore the airway to my nose.”

Samiha was badly injured in the bomb attack on Cairo’s St. Peter and Paul church, which claimed 27 lives and injured 49. Samiha and her husband, Koleny, were sitting in the respective women’s and men’s sections of the church on December 11, 2016, when a man ran into the women’s section and detonated the bomb strapped to his chest. The bomb exploded next to Samiha. She can now neither hear, smell, nor see on the right side of her face.

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SOURCE: Assist News, Michael Ireland