An Egyptian husband and wife who sought medical treatment in Paris were among the 66 people who perished in the crash of Flight 804, leaving three orphaned children behind.
Reham Mosad needed cancer treatment, so her husband Ahmed el Ashry used his savings to take his wife to France for treatment.
After spending a month in Paris receiving medical care, the couple were returning to Cairo on Wednesday to be reunited with their children, Adam, Salma and Alia.
But the EgyptAir aircraft they boarded in Paris would never reach its destination, disappearing instead from radar somewhere over the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday morning.
Egypt’s military said it has found debris from the plane along with some human remains and passengers’ belongings.
Mosad was a teacher’s assistant at Modern Academy, a school in Cairo, whose newspaper published a tribute to her and her husband.
According to the post, el Ashry “decided he would do all that he could to lessen the pain of his wife and to prolong her life.” The couple traveled to Paris for treatment, despite advice from others to stay put and seek help in Egypt, the posting read.
In a statement posted by the school where the couple’s three children are enrolled, el Ashry was quoted as saying he couldn’t let his wife go to France by herself.
“I don’t want to leave [Reham] alone, if something happens to her I can’t imagine how I would live, either we live together or die together and I can’t imagine what life would be without her,” el Ashry was quoted as saying in the Leaders’ College statement.
In the wake of the couple’s passing, the college has decided to allow the children to continue their education at the institution.
This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.