– An intense fear – NRK Norway – Overview of news from different parts of the country

Night to Saturday, June 25 is Nikita Amber Abbas happens to be at the London Pub in Oslo with a friend and his girlfriend.

For a second they talk together and have a good time.

In the next, she lies on the ground with her friend over her.

I was in shock and had a lot of adrenaline, Abbas said.

The bullets of the terrorist suspect Zaniar Matapour (43) must then have hit her friend, and both must have fallen to the ground.

He was bleeding. She did too, but without knowing it.

I think he saw the perpetrator before me and saw that I was going to be shot. Hprotect me from the bullets from the perpetrator, she says.

This evening is still foggy in memory of Abbas, and a week after the attack has she was not quite ready to take in what actually happened.

I think of an intense feeling of fear.

She told the story first in Aftenposten.

Drove away buddy

Abbas is partially paralyzed and has an illness that makes her have to sit in a wheelchair. And luckily it has room for the hurting buddy.

While the chaos raged around, they got their friend in the wheelchair and Abbas drove them far away.

We simply escaped from there, she says.

Nikita Amber Abbas can no longer use her favorite wheelchair.

Photo: Mathias Moene Rød / NRK

When they had come about two kilometers away from the city, they called the ambulance. The friend was picked up, and Abbas went home with the dress covered in blood.

From childhood I have a tendency to flee from things I am not mentally ready to take in. So I went in my tendencies and chose to go home and try to sleep it off me.

At this point, Abbas had no idea that she was also injured.

Before the emergency room call a couple of hours later.

That’s when I realized it

When Abbas came home, she threw the bloody dress in the trash.

– I wanted to get rid of all kinds of evidence that the night happened at all. I do not want to have anything that could remind me of what I had been through, she says.

Then the Emergency Room called and wondered if she was also injured.

I do not know, she replied.

Then they asked her to check.

That’s when I realized it. The blood on my dress was not only from my friend, but also from me.

The bullet must have passed through his friend and even up inside Abbas. She met an area where she was lame, which may be why she did not know anything.

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Unable to take in what has happened

– I throw away the dress because that’s how I handle trauma. I just run away from them, and then I can not have anything that reminds me of trauma, Abbas explains.

When she now tells what has happened, it does not feel as if this has happened to herself.

I actually feel like I’m talking about a completely different person.

Abbas also failed to use his favorite wheelchair that drove his friend to safety.

The wheelchair that Nikita Amber Abbas is no longer ready to use.

Nikita Amber Abbas owns two electric wheelchairs. One large with room for two people, and one slightly smaller.

Photo: Mathias Moene Rød / NRK

– EI get flashbacks when I use that chair, so I struggle to use it no.

Then comes the feeling of anxiety and Abbas feels she is in one anna universe.

– These feelings are very common when we are exposed to something unexpected and terribly dangerous, says crisis psychologist Unni Marie Heltne.

Is a protective reaction

She describes three groups with reactions one can get after such an event.

  1. You get very strong resuscitations. You get nightmares, hear noises and get a picture of the event that comes completely unannounced.
  2. Your body can get tense and you get splashed. Then you tend to react strongly to sudden movements or if someone, for example, hides in you.
  3. You start avoiding things that are reminiscent of the event. It can be stadar, clothes you have worn or objects.

These feelings can also sit for a good while after the event, explains Heltne who has worked with people in crisis after disasters and accidents for many years.

Some are completely numb just when they are in the dangerous situation, and this feeling of being numb can sit in even after the situation is over.

This can have several explanations:

– When the feelings become numb, we can manage to get out of the dangerous situation without panicking. Another explanation is that we become so afraid that this named feeling protects us from fear, says Heltne.

She emphasizes that if the reactions after the incident do not go away, or that one is bothered with them every day, one should seek help. One place to start is with your GP, says Heltne.

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