Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Mansour visit knife attack survivors in hospital

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ABU DHABI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed have visited the two young Emiratis who survived a knife attack in which their mother was killed.

Sheikh Mohammed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Sheikh Mansour, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, visited Natalie Al Mansoori, 11, and her brother Hamad, 9, at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City on Sunday.

Sheikh Mohammed spoke to the injured youngsters and their family, and was briefed by doctors supervising their treatment.

“The visit of Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Mansour had a positive impact on the children, as well as me,” said their father, Ibrahim Al Mansoori.

“It has relieved our grief and this is what we always expect from our Rulers who are with all citizens every time and in all happy and sad situations.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed visits Natalie Al Mansoori in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Hospital on Sunday. Video courtesy family

The children are in a stable condition in hospital. Their father broke the news to them that their mother, Suzan Al Qudat, 39, died in the attack on March 23 at their home in Fujairah.

“Natalie left the intensive care unit two days ago and was taken to paediatric ward. Hamad got upset when told about his mother, but Natalie was more sorrowful because she saw her mother being stabbed, as she told us.

“But I relieved their sadness by telling them their mother is a martyr and about the status of martyrs in heaven. The whole family is with them, relieving their grief,” said Mr Al Mansoori, vice chancellor of Sharjah University’s Khor Fakkan campus.

Both children can walk and eat unaided and a psychiatrist is helping them to cope with the death of their mother, he said.

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