FAMILY & PARENTING

Girl Whose Insides Were Sucked From Her Body While Sitting On Pool Suction Defies Medical Odds

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

While on vacation with her family in Egypt, 5-year-old Salma Bashir accidentally sat on the pool’s main suction valve.

In mere seconds, the little girl found herself helpless against the suction’s force. She screamed for help, but not even the lifeguard could rescue her in time.

Salma was wearing a red bathing suit, so when she was finally pulled from the pool her mother thought she saw pieces of the red garment on the concrete. Then she realized the horrifying and surreal truth — that the suction literally pulled Salma’s small intestines out of her body.

Tragically, this happens more than you may think.

For example, Fox News reported that in 2008, a 6-year-old girl from Minneapolis sat on a wading pool drain and its suction ripped out part of her intestinal tract. She underwent transplant surgery but ultimately died from complications. Her injuries led to federal legislation to ensure better pool safety.

Doctors prepared Salma’s family for the worst and gave her just weeks to live. Determined to give her the best fighting chance, her family uprooted their lives and moved to Pennsylvania for lifesaving treatment. After raising $300,000 and waiting for nearly two years, Salma underwent a small intestine transplant, but her body rejected it.

Six months later, the transplant was removed — in addition to her large intestines and gall bladder.

Despite the doctors’ bleak diagnosis, Salma survived and is now a talkative, upbeat, and kindhearted 17-year-old. As you’re about to see, her day-to-day life is anything but easy, but her spirit is as strong as ever.

Update: 6/15/20

Salma is currently in the hospital and needs immediate attention. Her family and followers are desperately trying to increase awareness so they can collect the funds needed to get her on the transplant list.

In Salma’s own words, here is what she wrote a couple days ago:

“Hey loves.. today’s update honestly is the worse yet. My pain is a full on 100/10 and nothing is working. No matter what I say or try to do, they’re saying there’s nothing they can do and want to send me home. I know my body and something is wrong. I can’t get additional testing because of insurance issues. Listen guys, I’m strong, and I fight, but I can’t for much longer. I have been fighting for the past 13 years.

No other hospitals will accept my case and it is extremely dangerous for me to go to any other hospitals. I don’t know if I can keep doing this, it’s torture, hard, and frustrating. This pain is seriously worse than when my intestines got sucked out of me alive, but even worse because I haven’t blacked out and the pain goes away. I need this transplant to happen. There is no other way. I’m going to die. And I don’t want to die. I want to grow up, get married, have kids, a family. I want to be able to eat regular food, not to have to use a wheelchair, something of a somewhat normal life because this definitely isn’t it.”

If you would like to learn more or help Salma in any way, please visit her official GoFundMe page and/or Facebook.

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