Syrian First Lady Speaks After Leukaemia Diagnosis

Mon May 27 2024
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DAMASCUS: The First Lady of Syria, Asma al-Assad, has released an online video expressing her gratitude after a leukaemia diagnosis, Syria media reported on Sunday.

Al-Assad, who is under sanctions by Britain and other nations said she will fight leukaemia with courage.

According to the statement from the Presidency, Asma, 48, will undergo a special treatment protocol stepping away from public engagements and requiring her to isolate.

The diagnosis comes nearly five years after she fully recovered from breast cancer.

In a video posted on her Instagram account, Asma added she has received messages of love and support from the people of Syria after the diagnosis of her disease.

She went on to say anyone who fights a battle with leukaemia must have the will and strength, not only to overcome it but also to bear isolation from the people he loves and whom he is committed to serving.

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Al-Assad went on to say she will fight this battle with faith and absolute trust in Allah Almighty.

It is not clear where the video was shot, but it was likely in the presidential complex in Damascus.

Born and educated in London graduating from King’s College London, she started work as an analyst at Deutsche Bank Group dealing clients in Europe and Asia.

She joined J.P. Morgan later where she worked on pharmaceuticals. She was also seen as a bridge between UK and Syrian institutions before the civil war started in the country.

Currently, Asma is the head of Syria Trust for Development, a major NGO overseeing several aid and development initiatives in the country.

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