A newlywed Surrey couple who were badly injured in a fiery bus crash in Egypt returned home last night for an emotional reunion with family.
Steve Pannu met his daughter Jennifer El Adam, 25, and her husband Richard El Adam, 31, at Vancouver General Hospital, where they were taken by ambulance after landing at Vancouver International Airport.
He told reporters he’s thankful his daughter is home.
The couple, who married six months ago, spent the past week in a Cairo hospital waiting to be well enough to travel.
They had been honeymooning in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and were on their way to the airport when their bus crashed into a concrete block, rolled over and burst into flames.
El Adam crawled into the wreckage and pulled his wife free and then the couple jumped over a three-metre embankment to get away from the burning bus.
Jennifer was taken to hospital in Cairo for serious burns and broken ribs, and had her spleen removed and her left arm amputated at the elbow.
Her husband suffered internal injuries.
Nine people died in the crash and 28 others were injured.
Jennifer’s mother, sister and uncle, and Richard’s sister flew to Cairo to be with the couple on Sunday and escort them home.
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