Two Spaniards flown home from Egypt bombings

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26 July 2005, MADRID – Two of four Spaniards who were injured in the bombings in Egypt are now being treated at hospitals in Madrid.

26 July 2005

MADRID – Two of four Spaniards who were injured in the bombings in Egypt are now being treated at hospitals in Madrid.

Tomás Fraga and Ana María Sánchez were on Tuesday both described as "stable". They were flown to Madrid's Barajas airport in separate planes after receiving operations in Egypt.

They were among more than 200 people injured when car bombs went off in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik in the worst terrorist attack in Egypt since 1981.

At least 64 people have died, mainly Egyptians, as well as British, Russian, Dutch, Kuwaiti, Saudi and Qatari tourists. The death toll is likely to rise as more bodies are identified.

Fraga suffered bad burns to his face from one of the explosions and was transferred by military plane to a hospital in El Cairo on Sunday for an operation.

Sánchez, a 23-year-old chemical engineer from Munera in Albacete, also underwent surgery in Sharm el-Sheik Hospital to remove shrapnel from her abdomen. The metal had also pierced her intestines.

Her brother José Sánchez said on Monday afternoon: "Everything is okay at the moment, as long as there are no complications from infections.

"She's in a lot of pain because the injury in the abdomen hurts."

He said until now his sister had been heavily sedated, but had nevertheless been able to recount some of the trauma of the bombings.

"After the first explosion, they ran out to help and to see what had happened; then, immediately, there was another larger explosion which injured more people, and she got a piece of shrapnel in her abdomen and it pierced her intestine."

His family said they were very grateful for the medical attention his sister had received in Egypt and to Sánchez's Spanish company Unión Fenosa, where she had worked in the gas plant since April.

The company "gave us support and everything we needed", he said. "The flight arrived quickly and the plane was comfortable. It was what we wanted and they arranged it straight away."

Sánchez is being cared for at the clinic La Luz in Madrid and the family have not been told yet when she will be well enough to return home.

One of the other injured Spaniards has been named as Dámaso Carlos Núñez, from Guadalajara.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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