UAE survivor of Christchurch shooting recovering well

Business executive Adeeb Sami was shot in the back as he shielded his sons from the gunman

Christchurch Mosque survivor Adeeb Sami with his family

A UAE executive who was lucky to survive after being shot twice in the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks is now recovering well at home.

Adeeb Sami, 53, faces at least three months of recuperation following extensive surgery to repair injuries to his back.

Last week, his daughter, Heba Adeeb, posted a picture of the smiling father-of-four surrounded by his family at Christchurch Hospital. The engineering director and New Zealand national of Iraqi descent has since been allowed to continue his recovery from home.

“We celebrated his recent birthday in the hospital. At least he’s with us, alive. That’s what matters,” Ms Adeeb told The National.

Mr Sami, who splits his time between New Zealand and the UAE, was in Christchurch in March to celebrate his twin daughter and son’s 23rd birthday.

As the brutal attack at the Al Noor mosque in the South Island city unfolded, he shielded two of his sons from the gunman as he himself was shot.

Following the incident, doctors were forced to place him in a medically induced coma to check for signs of internal bleeding.

Ms Adeeb, who lives and works in the UAE, said her father and brothers had been lucky to survive.

Since the March 15 shooting, police have charged Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder.

The first attack happened at around 1.40pm during Friday prayers in central Christchurch, while the second attack was carried out shortly afterwards at another mosque in a suburb some 5km away.

Medical assessments on the suspect’s mental health are now due to be completed prior to his next court appearance on June 14.