After the storm, Houssam could not get any information about Grace. Worried about her condition, Houssam left his home in Canada, traveled to an island near Ormoc, and then took a ferry from there.
When Houssam arrived at Grace’s family’s house—the green one in the middle—he discovered that storm winds had completely collapsed the roof, caving in the building.
Houssam and Grace were helped by a coast guard lieutenant, who ferried them to a nearby city, when local ferry companies would not.
Houssam and Grace are still in the Philippines paying out-of-pocket for as much of the medical care as they can. She still has a long way to go.
Houssam wrote on his blog that finding Grace was incredibly lucky and now she’s fighting for her life:
I don’t know until now how I made it out of Ormoc with her, I still cannot believe it. I realized that no matter what I could do, nothing would have prepared me for this, it was more like special forces situation. If I waited only few days, she could lose her leg. In regards to my health, I am in good health, with less stress now but my muscles hurt:)
Thank you all for everything you did for me and hope that I will not get surprises in the near future.