Syrian refugee lands in Canada, where she plans to give sister a kidney

A Syrian refugee who plans to donate a kidney to her ailing Edmonton sister landed in Canada Thursday, months earlier than expected.

See Full Article

Layla Machtoub and her four children’s applications for refugee status were fast-tracked in the fall after a local charity informed federal officials that her kidney is a match for her sick sister Janet Machtoub, who has had a failing kidney for 15 years.

Although Janet Machtoub received a kidney transplant from a stranger in 2002, her body eventually rejected the stranger’s organ, leaving her feeling ill and forcing her to endure dialysis for the past nine years. Testing in Lebanon suggested her sister Layla is a match.

“I'm so happy that she's here and with her kids,” Janet Machtoub said Thursday after greeting the family at the Edmonton airport. “Finally, I have somebody from my family.”

Layla Machtoub left Syria in 2013 out of fear her sons would be drafted into the Syrian army. The family then lived in a refugee camp in Lebanon. The children’s father is deceased.

Janet Machtoub thanked the Mennonite Central Committee Thursday for their assistance with the paperwork and fundraising for the private refugee sponsorship. The group has also helped find an apartment for the new Canadians.

In early October, the Conservative government has promised to reduce the wait-time to get the Machtoubs to Canada, from an estimated one year to six months, but in the end it happened much quicker.

The Liberal government elected in October vowed to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by New Year’s, later revising the timeline.

As of Thursday, more than 6,000 Syrian refugees have landed in the country, and the rest of the 25,000 are expected to be here by March.

With a report from CTV Edmonton



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • CTV News on the ground in Washington for Women's March

    World News CTV News
    CTV News reporters and producers are on the ground in Washington for the Women's March. For live updates from the scene, follow CTV News on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Here's some of their updates so far. Source
  • Brit and Canadian heading to Women's March turned away at U.S. border

    Canada News CTV News
    A U.K. national in Canada on a student visa says he and a friend were turned away at the U.S. border because they intended to go to Saturday's Women's March in Washington. Joe Kroese said he and his Canadian friend were trying to cross the border with two Americans on Thursday. Source
  • 'I am so behind you,' Trump assures CIA officials on 1st full day in office

    World News CBC News
    U.S. President Donald Trump moved to mend his tumultuous relationship with America's spy agencies Saturday, travelling to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office and assuring officials, "I am so behind you." But the president quickly shifted from praise for the CIA to criticism of media coverage of inauguration day, in an unscripted address that overstated the size of the crowd that gathered on the National Mall as he took the oath of office. Source
  • Mexican president congratulates Trump in phone conversation

    World News CTV News
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto at the end of their joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP / Dario Lopez-Mills) Source
  • Ex-Dragons’ Den star Arlene Dickinson addresses political aspirations

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO - “They’re wrong, I’m not running.” Entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den star Arlene Dickinson has denied a report that a run at federal Liberal politics might be in her future. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Source
  • Bus carrying students on ski holiday crashes and burns, killing 16 [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    ROME — A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty-nine people survived, though some were seriously injured. Source
  • ’Sisters of the north’ join Women’s March on Washington [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Canadian women, many of them wearing pink knit hats or carrying signs emblazoned with the maple leaf and the slogan “sisters of the north”, filled the sidewalks of Washington, D.C. Saturday morning as they made their way to a massive rally for women’s rights. Source
  • Protests around world draw hundreds of thousands of women [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years. Source
  • 3 men presumed dead after snowmobile breaks through ice on Nunavut cargo run

    Canada News CBC News
    One man is confirmed dead and two others are missing but presumed dead after their large Bombardier snowmobile broke through the ice near Whale Cove, Nunavut on Saturday morning. Another man also fell through the ice but survived. Source
  • Signs from Women's Marches around the world captured on social media

    World News CTV News
    On Donald Trump’s first day as president, people from around the world marched in solidarity for women’s rights. Many took to twitter to support the cause or explain why they were marching. Additionally, a large number of them shared some of the best signs they saw or brought to the protests. Source