Syrian refugees get prosthetic limbs in Turkey

1/11/2017

23 refugees receive free-of-cost treatment at health center in southeastern Turkey

 

 

Mustafa Haji, 70, lost his left leg in a bomb attack in Syria two years ago.

 

Haji was able to walk again, after he received a prosthetic leg, at a health center in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province.

 

"I am very excited as I have a leg again. I believe my life will be much easier now. I appreciate Turkey's support," said the Syrian refugee who currently lives in Turkey.

 

Syrian refugees who have lost their limbs in the vicious civil war, experience joy and a chance to hold on to life after treatment at the Orthotics and Prosthetics Center.

 

So far, 23 Syrian refugees have been treated at the center built by the joint efforts of Turkey-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and the Alliance of International Doctors (AID), and Kuwait-based Bayt-al Zakat also known as Zakat House.

 

The refugees receive free-of-cost prosthetics or orthotics, followed by physiotherapy at the center.

 

Dr. Necmi Esiyok, Sanliurfa representative for AID, told Anadolu Agency that they aim to ease the pain of refugees, by not only focusing on their physical well-being but also addressing their psychological needs.

 

"Through the joint project, we provide orthotic-prosthetic support to the Syrians free-of-cost. Rather than traditional methods, the measurements are automatically taken via a 3D printer, a method being used for the first time in Turkey. Thus, allowing us to create limbs suitable for an individual’s body,” he said.

 

“Our services for the asylum seekers will continue in the future,” he added.

 

 

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