Arrest my husband, Wajir stabbing victim Fatma says as she is discharged
Fatma Ibrahim, the Wajir woman who was brutally stabbed by her husband in the face, was on Saturday released form Kenyatta National Hopsital (KNH) after doctors successfully removed a knife that was lodged in her face.
Ibrahim, who was flown by African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) to Nairobi after doctors in Wajir were unable to remove the knife from her face, thanked the foundation for providing her with transportation for the emergency procedure.
Speaking to Citizen Digital after she was discharged from hospital, Ibrahim also thanked the doctors at KNH for saving her life.
The 32-year-old woman also asked for the arrest of her husband, Mohamed Deeq. Ibrahim admitted that she had been the victim of domestic violence numerous times over the course of her marriage to Deeq, but she said that she stayed because of her children.
KNH CEO, Lilly Koros said that the bills for Ibrahim’s treatment would be settled by the Ministry of Health and other resources were mobilized by Wajir women representative, Fatuma Gedi.
Adressing members of the press, AMREF CEO, Githinji Gitahi, said that there was a need to set up an emergency evacuation partnership with KNH has this could help save many more lives..
Ibrahim had suffered stab wounds on her thigh, abdomen and arms, but the most horrific injury from the brutal attack was on her cheek.
After stabbing her severally, her husband impaled her face, getting the knife stuck in her cheek.
Doctors at Wajir Referral Hospital tried severally to dislodge the knife, but they were unsuccessful.
An X-ray image of Ibrahim’s head showed the knife entered her skull on the right side and the tip of the blade exited on the right with the blade missing her left eye by a few inches.
However, doctors said that the knife could not be pulled out because they would have risked flooding her respiratory system with blood.
She was, therefore, transferred to KNH, nine hours after she was stabbed. Thereafter, Ibrahim underwent surgery on Friday, January 8.
Women rights groups in the country turned up in large numbers to support her, and to highlight the issue of domestic violence.
“The rights of women must be upheld to prevent attacks by these beasts. We want the government to be serious about gender-based violence,” said one identified as Sahara Keynan.
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