Local Doctor's Patients React to Tragic Explosion

Posted on July 3, 2019 by Kassie Simmons

GHENT, W.Va. (WOAY) - Dr. Jebran Karam's patients were shocked and horrified to hear about Tuesday's tragic events.

 "It was very devastating because like I said I've known him for so long," said his patient Melissa Petrey. "You could meet anyone nicer always had a smile on her face and she was just a wonderful person.”

Melissa went on to describe him as a loving family man.

"He always makes the joke that he pays his daughter to go out of town so he can be with his grandkids.  The kids are his life. That's what he really lives for."

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Local Doctor’s Patients React to Tragic Explosion

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GHENT, W.Va. (WOAY) – Dr. Jebran Karam’s patients were shocked and horrified to hear about Tuesday’s tragic events.

 “It was very devastating because like I said I’ve known him for so long,” said his patient Melissa Petrey. “You could meet anyone nicer [than his wife. She] always had a smile on her face and she was just a wonderful person.”

Melissa went on to describe him as a loving family man.

“He always makes the joke that he pays his daughter to go out of town so he can be with his grandkids.  The kids are his life. That’s what he really lives for.”



Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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