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Knifed woman from Wajir leaves hospital

By EUNICE KILONZO

Ms Fatuma Ibrahim, the woman from Wajir who survived a brutal knife attack from her husband, has been discharged from hospital.

Ms Ibrahim caught the attention of the nature nine days ago when she was airlifted from Wajir to Nairobi with a knife lodged on her face.

Within hours of her arrival at the Kenyatta National Hospital, surgeons performed a successful surgery on her and she has been since been recuperating at the facility.

Amref medical personnel attend to Mrs Fatuma Ibrahim at the Wajir Airstrip before she was flown to the Kenyatta National Hospital . PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
Amref medical personnel attend to Mrs Fatuma Ibrahim at the Wajir Airstrip before she was flown to the Kenyatta National Hospital .
PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

Apart from her facial injury, Ms Ibrahim also suffered wounds on her thigh, abdomen and arms that were inflicted on her by her husband, Mohamed Deeq. The suspect has since appeared in court for the offence and is currently in remand.

But on Saturday morning it was a smiling Ms Ibrahim who emerged from Kenyatta National Hospital.

Unlike her images, with a knife stuck into the right side of her face, that were captured in the media slightly more than a week ago, Ms Ibrahim face was less swollen with only a few stitches.

KNIFE STABBING

Speaking while the patient was being discharged, relatives said Ms Ibrahim’s husband is guilty of physically assaulting his wife in the past. They also said the man is a known drug abuser.

“The man has always been beating her (Ms Ibrahim) in the past because of family problems and jealousy. But the knife stabbing really shocked us,” one of the relatives said.

Apparently, Ms Ibrahim’s front teeth are missing having been knocked out by her husband during a previous assault.

One of the surgeons displays the knife that was removed from Ms Fatuma Ibrahim's head.
One of the surgeons displays the knife that was removed from Ms Fatuma Ibrahim’s head.

Inspite of the violence subjected to her by her husband, Ms Ibrahim says she chose to stay in the marriage for the sake of her children.

“I stayed because of my children. Who would I leave them with?” she posed.

Ms Ibrahim will be in Nairobi for three days then she is flown back home by the Amref Flying Doctors.