Syria’s first lady, Asma Assad, reportedly begins breast cancer treatment

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

The official Syrian Presidency Twitter account posted a picture of the British-born first lady with her arm attached to an IV drip line next to her husband, President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian government says the wife of President Bashar al-Assad has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

A photo uploaded in Twitter showed President Bashar al-Assad visiting his spouse at a hospital ward.

The Facebook post, crafted in Arabic, has an auto translation that states: "Strong trust and faith. the first lady #asma _ Lion begins the initial stage of a malignant tumor therapy discovered early".

While she has been largely out of the public eye throughout the early years of the conflict, recently she has been regally pictured undertaking heavily staged charity work that received significant coverage in government-run media. She was also personally sanctioned by the EU.

The couple were initially presented as reformers and as a change from the repressive rule of the late president, with a glowing portrait of Mrs Assad published by Vogue in February 2011 - and since deleted - describing her as "the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies".

She was raised in Britain and her father is a Harley Street doctor.

She did not speak to foreign media again until 2016, when she told Russian state-backed television that she had previously rejected offers of asylum overseas.

"I've been here since the beginning, and I never thought of being anywhere else at all", the first lady said in the interview.

The same photo was posted on Asma's Instagram account, prompting a flurry of good wishes from many of her 260,000 followers.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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