Local Couple Leave Egypt Just Before Revolution Begins

A local doctor and his wife began their vacation on the day the Tunisian revolution began and were leaving just as the revolution spread to Egypt.

Dr. Neil Dunn and his wife, Leah, left Panama City on January 13 for a two-week vacation to Egypt, and in those two weeks, they saw and experienced more than they could ever imagine.

"The mood of the people changing in two weeks, the whole nation changing, pretty dramatic," said Dr. Dunn.

Arriving back in Panama City Sunday night, the couple's most fearful memories were the last of their trip.

"The day we planned to fly out was the day they planned their great day of rage," said Leah.

To catch their flight back to the U.S., the Sunn's had to fly to Cairo.

"As we flew over Cairo, we could see tanks, smoke billowing everywhere,” Leah said. “We realized this could be a little tough. And when we landed in the domestic terminal, we had to get to the international terminal and there were no shuttles. Everything was shut down."

But the realization of the danger the Dunn's faced, set in after they left Egypt.

"I will say, when you have a trip like that, it just really makes you appreciate freedom we have here in United States that so many Americans take for granted," said Leah.

With her passport in hand, Mrs. Dunn is quick to say it's something she won't ever take for granted.

"While at the airport, one of the Egyptians probably could figure out that we were just a bit nervous about the situation and he looked at us with a big smile and said be happy! You're part of our revolution!"

This was the Dunn's second trip to Egypt. They were accompanied by another doctor and his wife, who are also back in the U.S.

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