Syrian ‘Baby Karim’ -symbol of resistance- could lose other eye too
"Baby Karim" -- who has already lost one eye to a regime airstrike in Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb -- may lose his second eye due to a lack of medical treatment, Abu Mohammed, the baby's father, has told reporters.
Considered a symbol of resistance to Syria's Assad regime, "Baby Karim" -- who already lost one eye to a regime airstrike -- may lose his second eye due to a lack of medical treatment.
"Doctors say that if the inflammation in his left eye spreads to his right eye, he may lose that eye too," the baby's father, Abu Mohammed, said.
Two-month-old Karim Abdallah, who lost his mother -- and his left eye -- to an airstrike last month in Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, has since become a symbol of resistance against Syria's Assad regime.
Since Anadolu Agency first reported the story, thousands of people have expressed their support for the child via online social-media campaigns.
According to the baby's father, the necessary medical supplies cannot be found in Eastern Ghouta, which has remained under a crippling regime siege for the last five years.
"I would like my son to be treated at a proper hospital outside Eastern Ghouta," Abu Mohammed said.
"Local doctors did their best," he added. "But to save his second eye, Karim requires treatment abroad."
He went on to say there were "hundreds" of other babies just like his son who should also be evacuated from the besieged district so they might receive needed medical treatment overseas.