Win­nipeg lawyer de­scribes mo­ments af­ter blast

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Maria Mi­tousis clearly re­mem­bers the ex­plo­sion that al­most killed her as she worked in her small fam­ily law prac­tice _ a blast from a seem­ingly harm­less mail pack­age that po­lice al­lege was sent by an ex-hus­band of one of her clients.

In a state­ment re­leased Fri­day through Win­nipeg po­lice, Mi­tousis re­counted as­sess­ing her con­di­tion im­me­di­ately af­ter the bomb went off last week.

“I have my teeth, I can see, I can blink,’’ the state­ment read.

“I’m go­ing to get past this. I live in the mo­ment,’’ she re­called think­ing as emer­gency re­spon­ders rushed her to hos­pi­tal where she would un­dergo 10 hours of surgery.

The ex­tent of Mi­tousis’s in­juries be­came clearer Fri­day. Po­lice con­firmed the lawyer lost her right hand and her left was se­verely in­jured. She suf­fered “count­less’’ in­juries to her face, chest and thighs, said Const. Jason Michalyshen.

De­spite the in­juries, Mi­tousis ex­pressed con­fi­dence and hope dur­ing an hour-long meet­ing with Michalyshen, he added.

“One of the first things she said was, ‘I want peo­ple to know I’m OK. I’ll get bet­ter.’ She is go­ing to go back to do­ing what she does as a lawyer.’’

Michalyshen said Mi­tousis re­called play­ing golf hours be­fore the ex­plo­sion and “re­mem­bered how at peace she was out on the golf course.’’ “What be­came most ev­i­dent is that Maria is an in­cred­i­bly re­silient per­son.’’

The ex­plo­sion last Fri­day was the first of what po­lice al­lege was a tar­geted cam­paign of re­venge by Guido Am­sel, a 49-year-old man who had gone through a long and bit­ter di­vorce.

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