Two years ago at Gaza, Iheb Abouzaanouna, now 16 years old, was wounded by the explosion of a grenade that was found in the street. His face was severely injured. Despiter several operations and bone grafts he couldn’t close his mouth or talk and had to feed himself using a syringe.
After arriving at Nice where a Tunisian family lodged them, Iheb was accompanied to Professor José Santini and Dr Guillaume Odin of the Pasteur Hospital in Nice for a very delicate operation on his jaw.
On the 16th April 2008 our protégé was operated on with success. This action of solidarity was only possible through the determined efforts of the President, Sibylle Von Plessen (organisation, enquiries, research, welcome, financing) with the support of the Lions Club in Nice and, of course, the surgical team who ensured that the hospital stay was for the minimal time and least costly possible given the financial constraints.
For the first time, Iheb could drink with a dropper and today can eat, open and close his mouth. A third operation ensued on the 4th June on the jaw of this young boy. Iheb can now eat and speak and so recover a normal life.
Many thanks again to Professor Santini and Dr Odin and all those in our chain of solidarity. Thanks go to everyone for their support and trust in Placet France.
On the 10th June a Goodbye Drink was held at the offices of Athena Ambulances who took care of Iheb’s transport requirements. It was a warm and friendly evening with the company of the host family, the Presidents of the Lions Club at Nice and Cap de Nice, Catherine Ségurane, Levens and Beauville-Villefranche.
Iheb and his mother left for Gaza on the 12th June 2008.