Actress Nelly Karim reveals she underwent potentially paralyzing surgery

Nelly Karim is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Egyptian father. (AFP)
Updated 11 December 2019

Actress Nelly Karim reveals she underwent potentially paralyzing surgery

  • The former ballerina revealed that she had a benign facial tumor that she had to get surgically removed
  • Karim took to Instagram to pay tribute to the team of doctors who performed the complicated surgery

DUBAI: Egyptian actress Nelly Karim announced this week that she underwent a “tough” surgery that could have left her face permanently paralyzed. 

Speaking to television presenter Eman El-Hossary of the Egyptian program “DMC Evening,” the former ballerina revealed that she had a benign facial tumor that she had to get surgically removed at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the US.

 

 

 “I went to different doctors, but they were all scaring me because in this surgery, I will either be paralyzed or I will return back in good health,” the “Segn El-Nesa” star said of the complicated but successful surgery during the phone interview.

 “I was a little shocked, but thank God I am okay now,” she added. 

 A week earlier, Karim took to Instagram to pay tribute to the team of doctors who performed the complicated operation. 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thank you Dr Lin & amazing team ( Greys anatomy ) for saving my life and making an amazing job @masseyeandear & @massgeneral

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“Thank you Dr Lin & amazing team (Greys Anatomy) for saving my life and making an amazing job,” she wrote alongside an image of herself and the three surgeons she shared with her 5.4 million Instagram followers. 

Karim, a mother of four, is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Egyptian father. She was the first actress hailing from the North African nation to serve as a jury member at the 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival in 2016. 


This Lebanese food shop is providing meals for Beirut blast victims

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This Lebanese food shop is providing meals for Beirut blast victims

DUBAI: On the night of the Beirut port blasts, which killed 154 civilians and injured thousands on August 4, Lebanese food shop owner Nabil Khoury and his brother decided to launch one of the very first initiatives for distributing packaged meals to those impacted by the catastrophe. Within a week, more than 3,000 meals have been cooked in the kitchen of Khoury’s vegetarian delicatessen, “Dry & Raw.”

In an Instagram post, the company shared: “We are all one in this. This is the least we can do for you, for us and for our country.”

With the help of staff and numerous young volunteers, along with Khoury’s loyal clients (who generously donated meat and poultry), a variety of hot meals incorporating carbohydrates and proteins, sandwiches and salads have been distributed to many, including selfless medical doctors, volunteers and families in need.

“With the donations, I cannot tell you how much people love to help each other — it’s overwhelming,” Khoury, 45, told Arab News.

He collaborated with the Lebanese Red Cross, the Lebanese Food Bank and local NGO Hot Pot Meal to deliver food to different parts of Beirut, such as Gemmayze, Mar Mikhael and Karantina, which were all severely damaged by the explosions.

“No picture or video could describe the damage that has occurred,” he explained, adding how the country was already suffering from an economic meltdown and the coronavirus pandemic. “In the early hours, people were busy helping each other, takingothers to hospitals, and burying the dead. But now, they are very angry at the whole system. Our government has resigned, but this is not the solution — the whole corrupt system has to step down. This explosion broke the last bone in our back.”

Having previously worked for NGOs, Khoury opened “Dry & Raw” in February 2020; a few months after the October uprising that witnessed nationwide anti-government protests.

Encouraging local food production, Khoury claims the conceptual shop is the “first of its kind” in Lebanon, offering organic, vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian foods, which have been produced in-house.

In addition, select produce is grown at the shop’s own farm.

Khoury recalled: “People criticized the fact that we opened the shop in the midst of an economic crisis, but we said: ‘This is the future and we should really start local production now’.”