Goto main content

“I wanted a prosthetic leg so they would stop harassing me”

Explosive weapons Rehabilitation
Lebanon Syria

Fourteen-year-old Firas had just returned home from school in Syria when his house was shelled. Shrapnel from the explosion flew through the air at the speed of a bullet, hitting Firas in his legs. He was rushed to hospital across the border in Lebanon but his injuries were so bad that his right leg had to be amputated.

Firas was seriously injured in a bombing in Syria

Firas was seriously injured in a bombing in Syria | © Sarah Pierre / Handicap International

Fourteen-year-old Firas had just returned home from school in Syria when his house was shelled.

Shrapnel from the explosion flew through the air at the speed of a bullet, hitting Firas in his legs. He was rushed to hospital across the border in Lebanon but his injuries were so bad that his right leg had to be amputated.

Watch Firas tell his story

After six months in hospital Firas went to live with his family, who had moved to Lebanon in search of safety from the fighting.

At first, Firas felt ashamed and refused to leave the house. The children in his new neighbourhood were making fun of him because of his injuries.

“One day my family took me out in a wheelchair. All the kids laughed at me. I wanted to have a prosthetic leg so they would stop harassing me”, he says.

Luckily, Firas was found by Handicap International's team who were determined to help him walk. We provided him with a walking frame and the physiotherapy he desperately needed so that he could build up his muscles and balance. When he built up enough strength, he was fitted with a prosthetic leg and took his first steps.

With a lot of practice, Firas slowly got used to his new leg. Finally he was able to go back to school and he has even learnt to ride a bicycle again.

Firas’ favourite hobby is finding and repairing old bikes. He has even made a small trailer so that he can take his little brother out with him when he rides around the neighbourhood.

COUNTRIES

Where we work

Read more

Ten years of conflict in Syria will take at least two generations to rebuild
© B.Blondel / HI
Explosive weapons

Ten years of conflict in Syria will take at least two generations to rebuild

After a decade of war, Syria has been contaminated by explosive remnants on a scale experts have never seen before. When the conflict ends, the complex work of clearing weapons and rebuilding the country will begin. Emmanuel Sauvage, Director of Armed Violence Reduction at Humanity & Inclusion (HI), tells us more.

Salam’s story: support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery continues in 2021
© S.Khlaifat/HI
Explosive weapons Rehabilitation

Salam’s story: support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery continues in 2021

At just 5 years old, Salam was picking olives in the field by her home in Syria when she found a strange piece of metal, a small bomb.

3D printing innovation restores hope in Uganda: Hakim's story
© HI 2020
Rehabilitation

3D printing innovation restores hope in Uganda: Hakim's story

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is using telemedicine and 3D printing to provide physical rehabilitation services for refugees in Uganda. This work not only helps to improve people's mobility, but it gives them the ability to regain independence and restores hope.

FOLLOW US