SHAH ALAM: Associate Professor Dr Zurinawati Mohi, wife of Mohd Nazril Hisham Omar, managed to get in touch with her husband and checked on his condition after the shooting incident in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday.
Mohd Nazril, 46, was one of the Malaysian victims badly injured in the deadly terror attack at the Al Noor Mosque which took place just before Friday prayers commenced.
Dr Zurinawati, who is a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Puncak Alam, here, said she contacted her husband while he was receiving medical treatment at the Christchurch Hospital at 6am today.
“When I contacted him, I asked ‘how are you?’, ‘are you okay?’ and ‘do you remember me?' He only replied me ‘yes yes yes, painful’.
“The nurse, who was on duty, also told me that he is in good condition and he is with them (the nurses). My husband just completed the first surgery and is still semi-conscious," she said.
Dr Zurinawati said their second child Muhammad Haqiem Daniel, 18, who is at the hospital said Mohd Nazril has to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan first before undergoing a second surgery.
“I saw my husband’s condition through a video call with my son (Muhammad Haqiem). I can see that both of my husband’s legs and his back are badly injured,” said the 48-year-old when met by Harian Metro at her home in Seksyen 8, here, adding that she was relieved after the video call.
She also said she received a phone call from one of her friends from Christchurch informing her that the nurse requested her to call her husband as soon as possible to give words of encouragement to Mohd Nazril.
Dr Zurinawati said she and her eldest son, Muhammad Haiqal Daniel, 19, will depart for New Zealand from Singapore today.
The only thing on her mind right now was her husband's condition and Dr Zurinawati said plans on bringing him and their three other children back to Malaysia would be sorted out later.
“At the moment, Muhammad Haqiem is taking care of his father at the hospital while two of his siblings, Muhammad Hazieq Daniel, 13, and Muhammad Hazriq Daniel, 9, are staying with my colleague in Christchurch,” she said.
Mohd Nazril who works in New Zealand had been staying there with their three children since January.
During the incident, her sons were in school close to where the shooting took place.
Besides Mohd Nazril, two other Malaysians - Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 42, and Rahimi Ahmad, 39 – were injured in the attack.
49 people were killed while 48 including children were injured in the incident.
The shooting took place at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Avenue Mosque in Christchurch.
Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, one of the gunmen, was charged in court this morning.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the Friday incident as a "terrorist" attack and New Zealand's "darkest day".