She was smiling at her husband, President Bashar al-Assad, who sat to her right. The presidency did not specify where the first lady was being treated, but the word "military" was printed on a blanket visible in the picture, indicating she was likely in a government-run military hospital.
Born in 1975, the British-born former investment banker styled herself as a progressive rights advocate and was seen as the modern side of the Assad dynasty. She rarely appeared in public during the first few years of the uprising, but over the past two years has been much more active at charity events.
Asma, whose father is a cardiologist and whose mother is a diplomat, has two sons and a daughter with Assad.
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