Just When She Was Losing Hope, Church Bomb Survivor Gets Life-Changing Answer to Prayer

June 22, 2018 by Lindy Lowry in Middle East

When a bomb exploded right next to Samiha Tawfiq at St. Peter’s Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016, everyone thought she was dead. But church bombing survivor Samiha miraculously survived the explosion that claimed 27 lives and injured 49.

The explosion also took away one side of Samiha’s face.

Since the attack, it has been an uphill climb for 55-year-old Samiha and her husband Koleny Farag, 79. She can neither hear, smell, nor see on the right side of her face and can barely lift her badly damaged hand.

‘A Miracle From God’

After 18 months of back-and-forth struggle and frustration, last week the Egyptian government approved a grant of $106,000 to fund Samiha’s treatment in a German hospital. (Following the attack, Samiha had a series of operations in Hungary at the invitation of the Hungarian government, but they did not achieve the expected results.)

Samiha’s husband, Koleny Farag, found his wife the morning of the bombing and for 18 months has advocated for her treatment.

“I struggled with the Health Ministry of Egypt for one year and a half to get approval for our request for Samiha’s treatment in Germany, at the State’s expense,” Koleny told World Watch Monitor.

At the ministry’s request, Koleny provided a medical report from a local hospital, stating that there was no appropriate treatment available for Samiha in Egypt.

This was followed by many visits to the ministry to chase them on any progress but without success. According to Koleny, the government only approved the funding after the leader of Egypt’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, intervened and asked the ministry to finish the process quickly because Samiha’s health was deteriorating.

“It’s a miracle from God,” Koleny said. “God has answered our prayers and the prayers of many people and intervened at the right time.  Samiha has been suffering from bad pains in the last period. I was desperate and nearly lost hope for her treatment in Germany at the State’s expense because one year and six months passed without any response from them.”

‘God’s Great Love for Me’

Transparently, Samiha shares she is worried about these next steps. She is due to spend 90 days in the university hospital in Aachen in western Germany, where she will undergo a total of six operations to restore the right side of her face, as well as her right hand.

“I ask all people inside and outside Egypt to pray for the success of the surgery because I know that it’s a hard one requiring high accuracy. I’m afraid and worried about going through it.”

However, Samiha is also relieved that the treatment is finally going ahead.

“When I heard the news of the government’s approval of my travel to Germany for treatment, my spirit was lifted very high,” Samiha said, “and I thanked God so much for His great love for me.”

Prayers for Samiha and Koleny

The dates of Samiha’s surgeries are yet to be confirmed by the hospital. Please be praying with her and Koleny…

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