An evangelical pastor from Uganda received extensive emergency medical treatment in Israel after he had acid thrown in his face on Christmas eve by Muslims in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
Israel Hayom Umar Mulinde, an evangelical pastor from Uganda who recently began preaching support for Israel, suffered severe burns to his face, torso and hand, and eye damage, and was brought to Sheba Medical Center for treatment.
Pastor Umar Mulinde, 38, arrived in Israel on Thursday seeking urgent medical attention after extremists doused him with acid, causing severe burns to his face, torso and hand, and damage to his right eye. He was initially admitted to the International Hospital in Kampala, but then made a request to be brought to Israel to receive advanced medical treatment.
He is currently being treated at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, which has confirmed that Mulinde is recovering from heavy burns and damage to his eye.
The Ugandan pastor revealed that he spent most of his life as a Muslim and was a late convert to Christianity. Recounting the brutal attack against him, he said, “I was attacked by someone who called out to me and when I turned to look over, he spilled acid on me that burned part of my face. When I turned around again, another person spilled acid over my back. They they ran away yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ [Allah is great].”
“The pastor will need to undergo a series of reconstructive surgeries over the next few weeks,” head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s Burns Unit, Dr. Josef Haik,said. “The injury inflicted to [Mulinde’s] eye is severe and the initial surgery, expected take place over the next few days, will focus on reconstructing the eyelid of the affected eye, and will include skin grafts.” “The damage caused is severe and it is still too early to determine whether [Mulinde] will be able to see out of that eye.”