‘Baby Karim’ might lose his second eye due to lack of medical treatment


Published: 2017-12-28 15:52

Last Updated: 2018-08-22 16:49

Baby Karim after he lost one of his eyes last month. (TheWhiteHelmetsTwitter)
Baby Karim after he lost one of his eyes last month. (TheWhiteHelmetsTwitter)
Roya News Source

‘Baby Karim’ who became symbol of resistance in Syria against Assad’s regime, had lost one of his eyes in an airstrike fired by the regime, and might lose his second eye because of the lack of medical treatment.

Karim Abdallah, two-month-old, lost his mother and his eye in an airstrike last month on Eastern Ghouta, Damascus outskirts.

His father told Anadolu news agency that necessary medical supplies cannot be found in Eastern Ghouta, which had been under a siege for the last five years.

“I would like my son to be treated at a proper hospital outside Eastern Ghouta,” his father said.

“Local doctors did their best,” he added. “But to save his second eye, Karim requires treatment abroad.”

His father confirmed that there are hundreds of babies just like his son who should be evacuated from the district to receive needed medical treatment.

After Anadolu news agency reported Karim’s story, it was followed by thousands of sympathy messages and support by people around the world via online social media campaigns, where famous sports players, politicians and artists took part in.

Some of the world’s figures participated in the social media campaign under the hashtag #SolidarityWithKarim where the UK Ambassador and Permenant Representative in UK, Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, French football player Frak Ribery and hundreds others.