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Survivor of Jibla attack recovering from surgery


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Donald W. Caswell, a pharmacist at the Jibla Baptist Hospital, was shot and seriously wounded during a Dec. 30 attack on the facility that left three International Mission Board workers dead.

Caswell, 49, who was shot in the stomach, is recovering from emergency surgery and is expected to be evacuated out of the country soon, according to his father, D.C. Caswell, 71, of Levelland, Texas.

“The doctors are real optimistic that he is going to recover,” Caswell told Baptist Press.

Caswell’s wife, Terri, telephoned the elder Caswells around 1 a.m. on Dec. 30 and alerted them about the hospital shooting. “She told us that he was alive and was going into surgery. That’s all we knew for about five hours.”

The Caswells have two sons, one 12 years old and another five years old. They were active members of First Baptist Church, Eustace, Texas prior to their service in Yemen. They joined the church in 1993.

A spokesperson for the church said Terri had been on several mission trips, including one to Russia. The couple answered the call to fulltime missions service and have been in Yemen for more than a year.

“The Lord just called them out to the mission field,” the church spokesperson said.

Prior to his IMB service, Caswell worked as a pharmacist in a neighboring Texas town.

The elder Caswell said their Texas home has been inundated with media and friends hoping to hear news from Yemen.

“The American Embassy called us earlier today and told us that our son was going to be okay. Terri seems to be holding up a lot better. The last time she called us, she was so happy that he came out of surgery.”

Caswell said he appreciated the prayers for his son and family. “We hope people will continue to pray and most especially for the families of those who died. We are so thankful our son is alive.”
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