Story By: Basant Essam, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
An Egyptian woman has buried a rusty old meat cleaver into the forehead of her husband’s pregnant second wife after chopping off three fingers.
Despite the horrific injury, the cleaver was successfully extracted from the victim’s head at Sohag University Hospital in the city of Sohag in the Egyptian governorate of the same name this week.
The victim, six months pregnant, was allegedly attacked by her husband’s first wife in the village of Umrah in the Qena Governorate.
Hospital spokesperson Ahmed Aziz said the victim, identified as R.A., was rushed to hospital with a meat cleaver in her head plus additional injuries to her scalp and skull fractures. Three fingers were also chopped off.
The victim lost a lot of blood and had low circulation so doctors operated immediately upon her arrival.
In the operating theatre, doctors carefully extracted the large blade from the woman’s head, according to hospital director Hamdy Saad.
The victim suffered multiple skull fractures, injuries to the dura mater membrane, and other breaks and cuts.
The hospital said the surgery took about seven hours and an expert team worked to fix the woman’s eye and nose bones.
She remains recovering in hospital and is now said to be conscious.
The first wife accused of carrying out the attack was quoted as saying: “My husband divorced me years ago, and cases were filed against him. In order to pay child support, pressure was put on him and several judgements were ruled in my favour.
“He decided to come back to me and I agreed that we would get back together. At the time he was married to another woman and I lived in the house with them.”
She said she was treated like a maid and added: “He clearly preferred her to me . . . she treated me badly until I couldn’t bear it anymore so I did what I did to her.”
The investigation continues.
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