Father of 7 kids killed in Halifax fire continues long road to recovery

Members of the Barho family are shown upon arrival in Canada on Sept. 29 2017, at the Halifax airport in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Enfield Weekly Press-Pat Healey

The father of seven children who died in a Halifax house fire two weeks ago received his third skin-grafting surgery, as he continues to recover from several severe burns.

In a Facebook post, the Hants East Assisting Refugees Team (HEART) Society said Ebraheim Barho received the surgery Monday night.

“While he still has a long recovery ahead of him, we are cautiously optimistic as we see small improvements in his condition,” the post reads.

“Thank you to everyone who continues to keep Ebraheim and Kawthar in their thoughts and prayers.”

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The Barho children – Ahmad, 15; Rola, 12; Mohamad, nine; Ola, eight; Hala, three; Rana, two and four-month-old Abdullah – died following an overnight house fire on Quartz Drive in Spryfield on Feb. 19.

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Ebraheim was sent to hospital in critical condition with serious burns. The exact cause of the blaze has not yet been released by fire crews.

The family first settled in Nova Scotia in September 2017 after fleeing war-torn Syria. The HEART Society helped take the family in.

An online crowdfunding campaign for the family has raised more than $688,740.

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The HEART Society said it will not be commenting further on the matter at this time.

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