Syrian civil war patient in Israeli hospital walks a day after major surgery

( A 15-year-old Syrian girl who lost one leg during clashes in the Syrian civil war, and had shrapnel in her other leg and her abdomen, walked just one day after undergoing major surgery at Ziv hospital in Safed, Israel.

Click photo to download. Caption: A Syrian refugee is treated at Ziv Medical Center in Israel’s northern city of Safed. Credit:  Ziv Medical Center.


On Tuesday, the Syrian girl was able to stand for the first time on her salvaged leg, and she walked with the aid of crutches. The girl's smile "thrilled the entire staff" at Ziv, said the director of the hospital’s orthopedic department, Dr. Alexander Lerner, according to Israel Hayom and Reuters.

The teenager is not the first Syrian civil war patient to be treated in Israeli hospitals and not the only child. At Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Israelis recently treated a 3-year-old, 9-year-old, and 12-year-old wounded in the war, reported the New York Times. Since March, nearly 100 Syrians arrived for treatment at two hospitals in Israel's Galilee region.

“They wake up after a few days or whenever and hear a strange language and see strange people,” said the general director of the Western Galilee Hospital, Dr. Masad Barhoum. “If they can talk, the first question is, ‘Where am I?’”


Posted on August 7, 2013 .