Christchurch child victim cannot recognize her own parents after coma
A 4-year-old child, one of the many victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack, has now woken up from her coma without the ability to hear, see, or fully recognize her own parents.
Doctors are stating that it may be a six-month recovery period until Alen Daraghmih’s condition can be fully assessed. She was shot alongside her father at the Al Noor mosque and suffered brain damage that resulted in her being in a coma. Alen has already had eight different operations, and cannot currently see or speak to people. She has only just started to recognize her own mother.
My daughter Alen woke up five days ago, and she’s had a lot of surgeries…She has brain damage at the moment, and the doctors have been telling us they need four to six months to know how bad the damage is. She has begun to say the odd word and can now recognize her mother’s voice”.
Wassiem Daraghmih, Alen’s father
Alen’s father Wassiem was shot in the hip and was also hospitalized alongside his daughter during the Christchurch terrorist attack. He still cannot fully walk and remains in the hospital, however has high hopes for a full recovery.
A Givealittle fundraising page was set up by a friend of his on April 11th for the hospital fees of both Wassiem and his daughter Alen, which has already raised more than $50,000.
It’s going to be a long time for me to walk, but eventually I will walk. I’m up here in Auckland, thanking everybody, the doctors in the hospital, and of course our Prime Minister, for all the help and support you have provided for me and for my family. I love you all and respect you all, thank you very much”.
50 Muslim worshippers were murdered on the 15th of March after a white supremacist terrorist opened fire at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The terrorist has so far been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder.