Sham’s journey from under the rubble to Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Medical center

Sham’s journey from under the rubble to Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Medical center

The nine-yr-old Sham al-Sheikh Mohammed and her brother Omar have been given huge interaction on social media due to the fact they received out after 40 hrs from less than the rubble in the town of Armanaz in the northern Idlib location subsequent the enormous earthquake that struck the location on February 6.

Sympathy for the youngster who sang “The Melody of Life” under the rubble was accompanied by political exploitation by the Syrian regime, whose media coverage was absent from Idlib throughout the very first days of the earthquake and was existing in the case of the kid Sham, and some other circumstances as a result of which it wished to send out a “political information.”

Stuck less than rubble

On February 7, volunteers from the Syria Civil Defense (SCD), also acknowledged as The White Helmets, rescued Sham and her brother Omar from less than the rubble 40 several hours immediately after the earthquake that struck southern Turkey and four Syrian governorates. But Sham shed her mom and sister.

Sham browse verses from the Holy Qur’an while she was trapped below the rubble of her residence and sang the song “Ya Sham, you are our Sham” (Ash-Sham: The colloquial identify of Damascus), inspiring hope in the hearts of the individuals and volunteers.

Soon after her rescue, she was transferred to al-Shifaa Hospital in Idlib city.

Dr. Mohammad al-Youssef, director of the intensive treatment unit at al-Shifa Medical center, claimed in a video clip recording that the tension of the rubble on the child’s decrease limbs led to the interruption of blood flow to them, and they were being threatened with amputation.

Sham and her brother endured from crush syndrome, which posed a excellent menace to their lives, in conjunction with the good stress in hospitals in northern Syria and the lack of medical gear and provides.

From Idlib to Adana

On February 23, ambulances transported the boy or girl Sham and her brother, accompanied by their father, to Adana Şehir Clinic in Adana point out, southern Turkey, after supervision and coordination amongst the health and fitness ministry of the Syrian Salvation Govt (SSG) operating in Idlib, and the Turkish authorities.

The youngster and her brother remained in the unexpected emergency office designated to receive all cases and not in the intensive treatment unit, with the cries of the kid and her brother and demanded to return them to Idlib during their visual appearance in a online video recording.

Their presence in the crisis section requires them to acquire painkillers only and to hold out until finally they get a turn to carry out the operation at an unspecified time because of to the overcrowding in the hospital, with the deficiency of coordination in between the clinic workers and any social gathering.

A online video of the youngster in pain from within the healthcare facility obtained broad interaction, adopted by activists on social media launching a campaign to conserve her, entitled “Save Sham and Omar.”

Hussein Bazar, overall health minister in the Salvation Federal government, said that the ministry is adhering to up on the medical circumstance and the treatment furnished to Sham and her brother immediately after they entered Turkish territory to comprehensive their remedy for crush syndrome on a long lasting foundation.

On noticing the hold off in obtaining the expected treatment for their challenging issue, and just after interaction, “we been given confirmation from higher-rating Turkish professional medical authorities to adhere to up the case immediately,” Bazar included.

The 9-year-old Sham in a hospital in Idlib after she was rescued from under the rubble in Armanaz town in Idlib countryside, following an earthquake that struck the area - February 7, 2023 (Facebook/White Helmets)

The 9-calendar year-old Sham in a healthcare facility in Idlib soon after she was rescued from beneath the rubble in Armanaz city in Idlib countryside, pursuing an earthquake that struck the area – February 7, 2023 (Facebook/White Helmets)

From Adana to Istanbul

On February 25, the tiny woman and her brother, accompanied by their father, arrived in Istanbul on a personal aircraft belonging to the Turkish Health Ministry to get cure in coordination with the Ataa for Humanitarian Aid business, which followed up on the scenario straight.

Ataa administration told Enab Baladi that the part of the affiliation was represented in sponsoring the accompanying family members in phrases of housing, transportation, and outfits, coordinating the transfer of Sham, her brother, and the loved ones from Adana to Istanbul, and securing their admission to the Çam ve Sakura govt healthcare facility in the Başakşehir location.

Ataa pointed out that the Turkish government furnished a non-public aircraft from the ministry of well being to transportation Sham and her brother from Adana to Istanbul and to host them in the Çam ve Sakura Healthcare facility at the government’s price, with the provision of a specialized health care team to follow up on the scenario.

From Istanbul to Abu Dhabi

On February 28, the child and her brother were being transferred to Burjeel Clinical Metropolis in Abu Dhabi to obtain remedy underneath the supervision of the Emirates Crimson Crescent and in cooperation with Burjeel Healthcare facility, which shaped a specialized healthcare crew for the youngster and her brother, and presented urgent procedure for them.

Following the two youngsters arrived at the clinic, surgical procedures were being performed by Dr. Michael Oğlu, as the life of the youngster Sham was threatened as a consequence of gangrene that spread in the lower part of the entire body, and her brother Omar was also saved, in accordance to the Emirates Information Company (WAM).

The agency reported that Sham and Omar arrived under the directives of the Supreme Chairwoman of the Family members Development Foundation, Honorary President of the Emirates Red Crescent (Mother of the Nation), Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

Ataa Relief informed Enab Baladi that the boy or girl was transferred to the Emirates right after its consulate contacted Sham’s father, as the Turkish authorities remaining the subject to her father, who agreed to transfer her and transfer the full family members to the Emirates to finish the treatment of Sham and her brother Omar in the UAE hospitals.

Asma al-Assad exploits Sham’s ailment

The Syrian regime’s officers and media coverage ignored mentioning Idlib governorate when conversing about the areas impacted by the earthquake, inspite of the fact that the loss of life toll there was much more than double the selection of fatalities in the places below the regime’s control.

The assertion of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs produced the working day following the earthquake overlooked Idlib when it talked about the afflicted spots, limiting by itself to mentioning Aleppo, Latakia, and Hama in the assertion contacting for the lifting of sanctions.

On the fifth day of the earthquake, February 10, the regime stated Idlib for the 1st time in the course of the catastrophe when it bundled it by asserting the locations affected by the earthquake (Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Idlib).

Nizar al-Farra, a Tv set host on the pro-regime Syrian Sama channel, printed on February 25, quoting what he known as “private resources,” that the “Syrian government” is making an attempt as a result of numerous channels, with Russian and Emirati mediation, to persuade the Turkish authorities to hand in excess of the little one Sham and her brother to the Syrian overall health authorities to ship them to the Emirates for treatment method.

He stated that endeavours are continuing to incorporate the two youngsters with 6 Syrian little ones from Aleppo and Latakia, who arrived for remedy in the UAE at the initiative of the “Syrian Presidency,” introducing that the Turkish aspect still refuses to hand in excess of the youngster or even send her straight to the UAE for treatment method.

Al-Farra reported, on March 1, that the baby, Sham, is in the UAE to be treated and that the initiatives of the “Syrian State” have succeeded right after “Turkey has repeatedly refused to send her and exploited her predicament and wellness for political finishes.”

Asma al-Assad, the wife of the head of the Syrian regime, appeared in a video recording revealed by the “Presidency of the Syrian Republic” page on Facebook, which consists of a recorded simply call with the child Sham, which caused a wave of anger and resentment between the Syrians, who viewed as it “political exploitation and trading in the ache of the Syrians.”

Asma al-Assad hinted that she was mindful of the child’s transfer and arrival to the Emirates, telling Sham, “You have to occur again to me.”

Sham appeared in a online video in just one scene with her head shaved and sporting a hat in a different scene, which raised suspicions that the recording was subjected to a “montage” and “editing” approach.

Family members ‘doesn’t know’

With the unfold of the recording of Asma al-Assad’s get in touch with with Sham, neighborhood webpages and activists shared audio recordings of the child’s father, who denied knowing about Asma al-Assad’s call, stating, “I was not in the healthcare facility, and I experienced no knowledge of the contact, and I read about it just like you.”

The father defined that he was not satisfied from the beginning with the elimination of his two young children from Idlib governorate, including, “I by no means experienced the wish to go away, but they advised me that I had to travel underneath the pretext of securing physicians and housing for us. I will not forgive them before God they ruined my kids.”

Activists also circulated an audio recording explained to be of her brother Omar, who claimed that his father was not knowledgeable of the contact, but individuals do not understand this make any difference.

Little ones, victims of the regime

The Syrian Community for Human Rights (SNHR) mentioned on March 13 that the Syrian regime had killed no significantly less than 22,981 children in Syria due to the fact March 2011, like 190 owing to torture, and 5,199 small children are however detained or forcibly disappeared.

SNHR said that the regime assigned the task of recruiting little ones to the unofficial forces it fashioned, these types of as the Countrywide Protection Forces and groups and brigades of foreign and neighborhood militias, through its affiliation centers.

These forces relied on the encouragement of youngsters and their family members and presented them with several facilities. The recruitment course of action took on a more arranged and systematic character with the development of the Countrywide Defense Forces.

In accordance to the checking team, young children participated in armed forces operations, irrespective of whether as combatants or as participants in transporting ammunition, strengthening the fronts, cleaning weapons, guarding, and other missions.