Local family pleads for help to bring severely injured father back from Iraq

A local family from Iraq needs help to bring their seriously injured loved ones back to the U.S.

David Mohammad’s family says the Chicago-area man was severely injured on a trip to Iraq. He is in critical condition under the care of Iraqi doctors. But they want to get him back here to the States.

24-year-old Lina Hassan is trying desperately to get her father medevacked to the U.S.

“I’ve tried several organizations. I’m being rejected. I’m being denied.”

Her dad is 51-year-old David Mohammad, a U.S. citizen. Hassan says he is unconscious in a Baghdad hospital, the victim of an explosion this past Sunday.

Hassan’s uncle, Muthana Ibrahim, was killed in the explosion.

Hassan says her father lost two of his legs.

“He’s also lost his left arm and it’s twisted and he has several broken bones,” Hassan said. “I can’t sleep. I’ve been up all night. It’s tragic.”

Hassan says she’s called several organizations for help. One medevac agency is asking for $130,000. Her family cannot afford that.

“We need help,” she said. “We need some kind of organization, some kind of medical care assistance to get my father here as soon as possible. The medical care in Iraq is very, very limited. It’s not helpful.”

Hassan says her father was visiting Iraq to see his parents who are ill, even though the family worried about the trip.

“My mom told him it was not a good idea to go. She warned him a couple of times,” Hassan said. “It’s really unfair for a person not to be able to go to their homeland, their country because there’s always a war or some kind of invasion happening all the time.”

For now, all Hassan, her mother and five sisters can do is wait and hope they come up with a way to bring David Mohammad home.

The Hassan family says they’ve reached out to charity air ambulances but they are not allowed to travel to Iraq. The family also says it’s contacted the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, but so far they haven’t been able to do anything. The family says one medevac agency is willing to fly to Iraq for $30,000 dollars. So the family has set up a GoFundMe page here.