Mirror therapy helps Abdulrahman on his path to recovery
Following a bombardment in North Yemen, Abdulrahman had a right arm fracture with vascular injuries which lead to gangrene. His arm was amputated. HI is supporting him.
Abdulrahman with HI physiotherapist Ahmed | © HI
HI teams supported Abdulrahman during his recovery from surgery to amputate his arm.
Hit by debris
Abdulrahman Ali Salem is from a small village in the Hajjah governorate in North Yemen. The 34-year old works selling vegetables and as a moto-taxi driver. He is a father of four. He remembers clearly the horror of the day of the bombing:
The trauma of an amputation
Abdulrahman had to undergo emergency surgery and eventually had his arm amputated. After surgery, HI helped with post-operative care - bandaging and providing advice about hygiene and wound care.
Abdulrahman has received personalised rehabilitation care to strengthen his left arm and gain maximum independence with one hand, as well as balance and gait training and a treatment known as ‘mirror therapy’.
What is Mirror Therapy?
HI physiotherapist, Ahmed
All the support needed
"At the beginning, I was very scared and I did not know how I could live with only one arm. Then I met with the HI team, who reassured me and showed me that many people live a normal life with only one hand. I also benefitted from psychosocial support sessions. All of this helped me to gain strength again," says Abdulrahman.
Abdulrahman continues his steady path to recovery and now has hopes for the future: