Liverpool star Mo Salah surprises hospitalized children in Egypt with video call

Mohamed Salah surprised children at a hospital in Egypt's Mansoura governorate by giving them a video call. (AFP)
Updated 10 March 2018

Liverpool star Mo Salah surprises hospitalized children in Egypt with video call

CAIRO: Hospitalized children in Egypt’s Mansoura govenrorate were delighted to hear the voice of Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah in a surprise phone call this week, according to local reports.
Al-Masry El-Youm newspaper said the parents of children patients receiving treatment at the Mansoura University’s Children’s Hospital had been seeking to contact the popular Egyptian footballer via the telephone.
A specialist at the hospital said the ill children were refusing to take their medication if they did not talk to Salah.
Nirvana Salah, a specialist at the hospital, said she finally succeeded in reaching one of the footballer’s relatives, who put her in touch with the player’s mother.
“I was surprised by the phone call from the player’s mother, who was on vacation with him, and she told me that Mohamed wants to talk to the children,” Salah said.
Within just hours, despite his engagement in a football camp with Liverpool, Salah spoke to the children through a video call.
The hospital’s director, Ahmed Refaie, said the hour-long call pleased the children very much, adding that Salah insisted that he speak to them via video so they could see him.
He added that the Egyptian star told the children that he was happy to contact them, and wished them a speedy recovery. He also urged them to take their medicine until they are cured and promised to visit them soon.

Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (Supplied)
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Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

CAIRO: Here are key events in eight years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to a national referendum on constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to remain in power until 2030.

● Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18 days of nationwide protests against his nearly 30-year rule. The military takes over, dissolving Parliament and suspending the constitution after the uprising leaves hundreds of protesters dead in clashes with security forces.

● Nov. 28, 2011-Feb. 15, 2012: The Muslim Brotherhood wins nearly half the seats in multi-stage elections for the first post-Mubarak Parliament.

● June 30, 2012: The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Muhammad Mursi takes office as Egypt’s first freely elected president.

● Aug. 12, 2012: Mursi removes the defense minister and military chief, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and replaces him with El-Sisi.

● Nov. 22, 2012: Mursi unilaterally decrees greater powers for himself, a move that sparks days of protests.

● Dec. 15-22, 2012: Egyptians approve a constitution drafted and hastily passed by Parliament amid protests and walkouts by other groups.

● June 30, 2013: On Mursi’s anniversary in office, millions of Egyptians begin days of demonstrations demanding his resignation. The military gives him 48 hours to reach an agreement with his opponents, but he vows to remain in office.

● July 3, 2013: El-Sisi announces Mursi’s removal.

● Aug. 14, 2013: More than 600 people, mostly Mursi supporters, are killed when police clear two pro-Mursi sit-ins in Cairo. Mursi supporters retaliate by torching government buildings, churches and police stations. Hundreds more die in subsequent violence.

● Dec. 25, 2013: The government designates the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

● May 26-28, 2014: Egyptians vote in a presidential election. El-Sisi wins with 96.9 percent of the vote.

● May 16, 2015: Mursi and more than 100 others are sentenced
to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising.

● Oct. 2015: Egypt holds parliamentary elections, leading to an assembly packed with El-Sisi supporters.

● April 2, 2018: El-Sisi wins a second, four-year term in office, with more than 97 percent of the vote.
● Feb. 2019: Lawmakers submit proposed amendments to the constitution that allow El-Sisi to remain in power beyond
his current second four-year term.

● April 10: President Donald Trump welcomes El-Sisi to the White House for a second official visit.

● April 17: The Parliament, packed with El-Sisi’s supporters, overwhelmingly passes the proposed amendments.

● April 18: Egypt’s National Election Authority schedules three days of voting in a nationwide referendum on the amendments. The vote takes place Saturday through Monday.