The Christian scroll understands that a Coptic Christian woman, who lost the right side of her face in a bomb attack on the church she attended in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, is now in Germany for a complicated surgery to reconstruct her face.
Samiha Tawfiq is scheduled to receive treatment at a university hospital in the western city of Aachen, followed by some more medical tests and examinations in the coming weeks, which will be subsequently followed by her life-changing face operation in December.
Tawfiq told a contact of the Christian Charity Open Doors International that the doctors told her that in order for the reconstruction of the missing side of her face to be a success, they will have to remove a piece of bone from her leg.
“They also told me they are going to restore the airway to my nose,” she said.
The woman is one of the survivors of the bomb attack on Cairo’s St. Peter and Paul church, which claimed 27 lives and injured 49 others in 2016.
Samiha Tawfiq and her husband Koleny told reporters that they were sitting in the respective men’s and women’s sections of the church on December 11th, 2016, when a man ran into the women’s section and detonated a bomb which was strapped to his chest.
The bomb exploded close to Samiha, damaging the right side of her face.
At this point, she can neither hear, see, smell nor see on the right side of her face.
Following the attack, the victim had a series of operations in Hungary at the invitation of the Hungarian government, but they did not achieve the expected results.
Notwithstanding, the Egyptian government approved a grant of 92,000 Euros to fund Samiha’s treatment in the German hospital.
With great sorrow, she exclaimed that “No one recognized me because of my face.”