A four-year-old girl who was shot during the horrific terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch is suffering from brain damage and is no longer able to recognise her parents.
Alen Darahgmih was taken to Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland after the attacks and is conscious but unresponsive, Stuff reported.
Her father Wasseim Alsati was shot three times during the rampage at the Al Noor mosque on March 15, and has been recovering at Auckland City Hospital.
‘She’s awake, but she’s not responding. She can’t see. Her hands and her legs are slightly moving, but not the way she wants them to,’ Mr Alsati said.
Alen Darahgmih (pictured) was taken to Starship Hospital in Auckland after the attacks and is conscious but unresponsive
‘To be honest, it’s in the last couple of days I’ve come to understand the situation.’
The little girl has undergone eight surgeries but doctors say it will take six months of observation for them to know the extent of her brain damage.
Mr Alsati said he will have to wait at least 18 months before he can walk again.
‘I am really tired… I’m crying all the time. My wife, she’s been really strong. She’s got power from our family here,’ he said.
Mr Alsati said he has seen his wife for 30 minutes in the last two-and-a-half weeks.
A Givealittle page has been set up to raise money for Mr Alsati and Alen.
Mr Alsati shared an update about his condition to Facebook, and broke down in tears when talking about his daughter.
‘I’m so tired and weak. Thanks to Allah – God and my Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and my family and everybody,’ he said.
Her father Wasseim Alsati (right) was shot three times during the rampage at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on March 15, and has been recovering at Auckland City Hospital
The alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with 50 counts of murder.
The Australian-born man is accused of gunning down almost 100 people in a sickening attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques that was live-streamed and shared to Facebook.
He has previously requested to represent himself in court, and in his last court appearance he smirked and gave a white supremacist sign with his hand.
TIMELINE OF TERROR: HOW THE CHRISTCHURCH MASSACRE THAT CLAIMED 50 LIVES UNFOLDED
A 28-year-old Australian man entered a mosque in central Christchurch on Friday afternoon and opened fire on people gathered inside the building – killing 50 people and leaving dozens more injured.
This is how the incident unfolded in local New Zealand Time on March 15.
1.40pm: First reports of a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch.
A man entered the mosque with an automatic weapon and opened fire on people inside.
2.11pm: Police confirmed they were attending an ‘evolving situation’ in Christchruch.
Gunshots are heard in the area outside Masid Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue.
Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots, with one saying she attempted to give CPR to an injured person but they died.
2.17pm: Multiple schools went into lockdown in Christchurch.
People who were in the mosque began to leave covered in blood and with gunshot wounds.
2.47pm: First reports of six people dead, three in a critical condition and three with serious injuries.
2.54pm: Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the situation is ‘serious and evolving’ and told people to remain indoors and stay off the streets.
The Canterbury District Health Board activated its mass casualty plan.
3.12pm: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cancelled her afternoon arrangements.
3.21pm: Christchurch City Council locked down many of their central city buildings.
3.33pm: First reports of a bomb in a beige Subaru that crashed on Strickland Street, three kilometres from the shootings.
3.40pm: Police confirmed there were multiple simultaneous attacks on mosques in Christchurch.
3.45pm: Reports of multiple shots fired at the shootings, which are ongoing.
3.59pm: 300 people were reported to be inside the moque.
4.00pm: One person is confirmed to be in custody but there are warnings there may be others out there.
Police commissioner Mike Bush urges Muslims across New Zealand to stay away from their local mosque.
4.10pm: Jacinda Ardern calls Friday ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’.
5.27pm: First reports of a second shooting.
A witness said a Muslim local chased the shooters at the mosque in Linwood, firing in ‘self defence’.
5.31pm: Four people are confirmed to be in custody. including one woman.
Multiple fatalities were reported.
7.07pm: It was confirmed an AR15 rifle was used in the attack.
7.20pm: Dunedin Street was cordoned off.
Reports the attackers planned to also target the Al Huda Mosque.
7.26pm: At least 40 people were confirmed dead, Jacinda Ardern confirmed.
7.34pm: Confirmed that 48 people were being treated in hospital.
7.46pm: Britomart train station in central Auckland was evacuated after bags were found unattended.
The bags were deemed not suspicious.
8.35pm: New Zealand’s Government confirmed this is the first time ever the terror level has been lifted from low to high.
9.03pm: Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirms that the death toll has risen to 49.
Brenton Tarrant was later charged with murder, and the death toll rose to 50.