The Story Of One Man’s Journey From Canada To The Storm-Ravaged Philippines To Find His Fiancée

Houssam Hammoudi traveled across the world in search of his fiancée, Grace. posted on

Grace was in Ormoc, a city in Philippines, when the area was slammed by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

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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.

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The area around Grace’s family’s home was completely in ruins.

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All of the buildings had been damaged.

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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.

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When the roof caved in it crushed Grace.

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Houssam found Grace, injured but alive, in a nearby clinic that was packed with storm victims.

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Along with cuts on her face, she also had a broken elbow bone and wrist.

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Houssam and Grace were helped by a coast guard lieutenant, who ferried them to a nearby city, when local ferry companies would not.

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Once the two made it to a hospital in Cebu, they were told Grace’s injuries were more extensive than they had thought.

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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.

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Houssam is documenting his efforts to bring Grace home safely on Tumblr. He also has a Paypal account for anyone that wants to help.

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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.

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