Houssam Hammoudi's fiancée, Grace Acojedo, was with her family in the Filipino city of Ormac when the area was hit by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
When the winds died down, Houssam was unable to reach Grace.
Worried about her condition, he traveled from Montreal to an island near Ormac, then took a ferry to the storm-ravaged city.
Houssam found Grace's family's home — it had been completely destroyed. The roof had caved in during the storm, crushing Grace.
"The ceiling fell off on her. That's where she got her upper body wounds. And lots of shattered glass in her face," he told Global News.
Fortunately, Grace survived the ordeal and was being treated for her injuries at a nearby clinic that was overcrowded with storm victims.
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Grace's injuries included cuts on her face, critical eye trauma, a fractured jaw and a broken ulna and wrist. An infection in her leg put her at risk of losing it.
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