Time: 13 July, 2020
YEMEN: Artificial Limbs Centers, established and supported by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), provide vital services to amputees and disabled patients throughout Yemen. The centers, which include locations in Taiz, Ma’rib and Aden, provide a wide range of services to amputees and others with physical challenges; services include the manufacturing and fitting of prosthetic limbs, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and specialized treatment for congenital conditions and other disabilities.
Below are the stories of just a few of the people whose lives have been transformed by these centers of caring in Taiz and Ma’rib:
Amin Ghaleb Al Ashari (age 61) recounted that he was out walking in the street when a mortar shell fell directly in front of him. He lost his leg in the explosion. His friends told him about the Artificial Limbs Center, and he went there for treatment. The services were free of charge, and he received everything he needed to start on the road to recovery. After he was fitted with a prosthetic leg, he underwent a course of physical rehabilitation to learn to balance himself and to walk again, to allow him to get closer to his previous level of activity. Amin added that he was scheduled to receive a new silicone prosthetic limb which will improve his condition, as he has a bone spur in that leg.
Bashar Abdullah Al Sagheer (age 27) said that before he learned about the Taiz center, he was unable to walk, and was unable to move independently for three years. He went to the center, and now has a prosthetic limb, which enables him to move again, and to live a more normal life.
Samah Abdul Karim Qasim, a 14-year-old girl living in Ibb, also told her story. “When I was six years old,” she said, “I was injured when I went out to play with my siblings.” The injury led to amputation and bruising on her thigh. After losing her leg, Samah tired easily due to only being able to stand on one leg. Today, she said joyfully, she will receive an artificial limb to help her walk, complete her studies and live a normal life.
Hussein Ahmed Musaad Al Rashedi said that he came from the Jubah district of Ma’rib. He was injured by stepping on a mine that caused one of his legs to be amputated. After staying at home for a month and half, he went to the Artificial Limbs Center in Ma’rib. The specialists told him that after his wound was fully healed, they would provide him with a prosthetic leg. Four months later, the center called him to come in to be fitted for a custom prosthetic limb. After he received the limb, Hussein was very happy. “I felt like I was born again”, he said.
Saeed from Al Qurashiya in the Al Bayda governorate said that when he was on his way to his farm, a mine exploded and injured his leg. He was immediately taken to Ma’rib, where there were no specialized hospitals or health care centers to treat him. His leg was amputated, and he was unable to leave his home to go to the market, to visit neighbors or attend mosque. After staying home for several months, he went to the Artificial Limbs Center, where he received a prosthetic leg. Abbad praised the treatment he received from the center’s staff; they measured him for his device, and contacted him when it was ready for him to use. He expressed his sincere thanks to his doctors and to the center for the support he received thanks to KSrelief’s ongoing efforts to alleviate the suffering of land mine victims in Yemen.