JANUARY 8: “One brave boy saved the president’s life”

Maldives’ President Maumoon Gayoom greets Mohammed Jaisham Ibrahim at a hospital in Male, Maldives.

ON THIS DATE in 2008, fifteen-year-old Mohamed Jaisham Ibrahim saved his president’s life.

The Maldivian president, Maumoon Gayoom, was greeting a crowd in Hoarafushi, one of his nation’s 1,190 tiny coral islands, when an apparent well-wisher extended a hand sheathed in a flag. Ibrahim, standing nearby, spotted part of a seven-inch knife twisted up in the flag and lunged at the assailant’s blade, cutting his own hands but preventing the man from stabbing the president.

The twenty-year-old attacker tried a second stab but managed only to rip the president’s shirt before security guards overpowered him.

Blood spilled on the president but it proved to be from Ibrahim’s hand wound. After the cut was stitched, the boy flew to a hospital for further treatment, eventually making a full recovery.

Gayoom, who would lose a bid for re-election 10 months later, thanked Ibrahim personally and a government spokesman informed the press, “One brave boy saved the president’s life.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s