Oklahoma City native in Afghanistan leads effort to help attack victim

When Elaine Kofa heard about a woman she knew who was in the hospital after a vicious attack, she knew it wasn't her job to do anything about it. But the Oklahoma City native knew she had to do something.
by Silas Allen Published: July 28, 2012

When Elaine Kofa heard that a woman she knew was in the hospital after a vicious attack, she knew it wasn't her job to do anything about it.

But she also knew she had to do something.

Kofa, an Oklahoma City native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, works in Kabul, Afghanistan, with NATO's International Security Assistance Force. Kofa and her division work closely with the Afghan Ministry of Public Works.

Through her contacts at the ministry, she heard that Muzhgan Masoomi, a 22-year-old financial assistant of the ministry, was in a hospital there. Masoomi and her sister had been attacked with a large knife by a male cousin who was irate because she was working outside the home. Masoomi's sister escaped with minor wounds, but Masoomi was more seriously injured.

Kofa learned Masoomi wasn't faring well in the hospital, she said. So she arranged to have Masoomi transferred to an International Security Assistance Force hospital in the Kabul International Airport compound. The hospital is staffed by French doctors and other NATO medical personnel.

When Masoomi arrived at the hospital, Kofa said, she had a wound as long as a belt. Hospital staff had stuffed gauze in the wound to stop the bleeding, but doctors there considered it unlikely she would ever walk again.

Later, Kofa learned that Masoomi had undergone an operation at the first hospital that hadn't been completed. She likely would have died if she hadn't been transferred to the NATO hospital, Kofa said.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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