بدأت عقيلة الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، أسماء الأسد، الخضوع للعلاج بعد تشخيص إصابتها بورم خبيث في الثدي، تم الكشف عنه في مراحله المبكرة، وفق ما أفادت وكالة الأنباء السورية (سانا) اليوم (الأربعاء).
وأوردت حسابات الرئاسة «بقوة وثقة وإيمان. السيدة أسماء الأسد تبدأ المرحلة الأولية لعلاج ورم خبيث بالثدي اكتشف مبكراً».
وأرفقت الرئاسة التعليق بصورة لها وهي تجلس على كرسي داخل غرفة المستشفى أثناء تلقيها العلاج، عبر حقنة في ذراعها متصلة بمصل معلق قربها. وظهر في الصورة الأسد وهو جالس الى جانبها.
ولم تحدد الرئاسة المستشفى حيث تتلقى العلاج، لكن كلمة «العسكري» تبدو في الصورة مكتوبة على غطاء سرير قربها، غالباً ما يستخدم في المستشفيات العسكرية.
وأسماء الأسد (43 عاماً) أم لثلاثة أولاد، ولدان وبنت. ووالدها طبيب القلب المرموق في بريطانيا فواز الأخرس، ووالدتها الديبلوماسية السورية المتقاعدة سحر عطري. وتتحدر عائلتها من حمص (وسط)، وتحمل اجازة جامعية من «كينغز كولدج» في لندن
Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad has started treatment for early stage breast cancer.
An official photo posted to Facebook showed President Bashar Assad smiling next to his British-born wife in hospital as she sat with an IV in her left arm.
A short statement posted with the photo said a malignant tumor was discovered in its early stages and wished her a speedy recovery.
The government did not reveal where she is being treated.
Such public announcements are uncommon in the Arab world, where cancer is considered a taboo.
Asma Assads parents are from the central province of Homs but she was born and raised in London before moving back to Syria after meeting the president.
The two have been married for 18 years and have three children, Hafez, Zein and Karim.
The couples marriage was announced by state media six months after he assumed the presidency in July 2000 following the death of his father Hafez.
The former investment banker styled herself as a progressive rights advocate and was seen as the modern side of the Assad dynasty.
She did not appear much in public in the first few years of the 2011 uprising, but over the past two years has been a lot more active.
When her husband faced calls to be tried as a war criminal, Mrs Assad, who grew up in Acton, described the worlds reaction as propaganda against the regime.
On her Instagram account, she wrote in Arabic: The presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that what America has done is an irresponsible act that only reflects a short-sightedness, a narrow horizon, a political and military blindness to reality, and a naive pursuit of a frenzied false propaganda campaign that fueled the regimes arrogance.
Her parents, both Sunni Muslims, moved from Syria to London in the Fifties so that her father, who is now based at the Cromwell Hospital and in Harley Street, could get the best possible education and medical training.
Though a Muslim, she was educated at a Church of England school in Ealing before attending a private girls day school — Queens College, Harley Street.
After studying computer science and French literature at King’s College London, Mrs Assad worked as a banker at JP Morgan in the Nineties when she met her future husband.
At the time, Assad was training at a hospital in London to become an eye surgeon.
Those who knew her said that, given that she spent the first 25 years of her life in London, Mrs Assad had liberal western values.