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News - March 14, 2014

Medical community rallies around injured Egyptian woman

'Hand of God' brings accident victim to Palo Alto for new prostheses

by Sue Dremann

When Gehane Guirguis set out for a short vacation on a bus from Cairo, Egypt, to the Red Sea in July 2012, she could not have foreseen how the trip would change her life in unthinkable ways.

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Posted by Mark, a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Wow. I don't know who will read this however, if it is someone who is close to this woman I would like them to know that they have witnessed grace.. Grace coming from horror.

Those two things (grace and horror) don't seem to go together.. on their own... naturally...but there is grace born from this horror and therein is the gift that will keep giving.

This remarkable woman, this remarkable husband of her's and their remarkable benefactor and all of those wonderful people who reach inside themselves to give of themselves for this superhuman effort--to just comb her daughter's hair again; that is a gift that almost none of us would recognize is a gift. Combing my daughter's hair...she is right.. it is a gift...and it is her gift--to all of us looking on--a gift to us learned through her agony and a relationship of some unknown degree of her's with a bottomless pit of despair, she is rising up through hopelessness and because of that she it is now given to all of us who are paying attention.

How fragile life is.. how fragile our lives little control we really have--it is almost incomprehensible to us--so we look the other way or get lost in it-fear of the unknown. But what can be done this limitless amount of uncertainty in every moment? Joy in combing our children's hair, joy in the ease of opening our own doors, and the joy of treading through them anyway in which we can...

Posted by Sylvia, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

My eyes welled up with tears reading this article. How wonderful that so many in the Bay Area collaborated to restore at least some of the things this woman lost because of the accident!

Posted by Stop bad mouthing America, a resident of Greater Miranda
on Mar 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm

This is why America is the greatest country in the world. This would not happen in any other country.

England or Germany possibly, but not as likely. Anywhere else, no way.

Posted by Proud American, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm

And yet...

We have such generosity and yet refuse to provide universal healthcare for all Americans - in whatever way we find best for us (the rest of the world has shown there are many ways to do it). How many more stories like this of ordinary Americans are there? Where people die in despair of cancer, diabetes, and other treatable conditions, because they don't get the care they need?

It is not bad mouthing America to say we need to do better. We need to be able to continue to reach out like this, AND to take care of our own with the same grace. And we need to, because we can.

Posted by Proud American, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm

All the best to the Gerguis family. I hope the love will also be with them through the remainder of their lives as well.

Posted by Carima, a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Just sent this article to friends in Egypt. More evidence of the grace and stamina of the Egyptians. My heart and prayers go to this brave woman and her family.

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