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Syrian girl, 15, walks again a day after surgery in Israeli hospital

By Mason White 2:44 PM August 8, 2013
Ziv Hospital in Safed 

By: Sarah Weiss
An Israeli hospital has helped a Syrian girl, who was wounded during the Syrian civil war, according to a report in JNS.org.

The 15-year-old girl, who lost one leg during the fighting, was seriously hurt by shrapnel in the other leg and abdomen. Now, just a day after undergoing major surgery in Ziv Hospital in Safed, Israel, she was able to walk again.

On Tuesday, the young Syrian was able to stand on her leg for the first time, and she walked with the aid of crutches. “The smile of the girl got all Ziv hospital staff excited,” the director of the department of orthopedics at the hospital, Dr. Alejandro Lerner, said.

“They wake up after a few days or whenever, at which time they hear a strange language and see strange people,” the CEO of the Western Galilee Hospital, Dr. Masad Barhoum, said. “If they can talk, the first question they ask is: ‘Where am I?'” he said.

This is not the first time that a Syrian was treated at an Israeli hospital. As we reported earlier, Syrian victims of their country’s civil war, continue to get treatment in Israeli hospitals, according to a report by the Tazpit News Agency.
Syrian civilians and combatants continue to flow into Israel to receive medical treatment.

IDF soldiers admitted a critically wounded 15 years-old girl. The doctors were forced to remove one of her legs. Earlier another three Syrian wounded civilians were received by Israel for medical treatment, a mother and her 8-year-old daughter, and a man with a severe head injury.

Also, two critically wounded Syrians were hospitalized in Israel. In total, over 30 Syrian patients have received medical treatment in Israel.

The Syrians have been less lucky on the Turkish border. Reuters reported that one Syrian refugee was shot today by Turkish troops after trying to cross the border. The man was part of a group of 8 refugees trying to cross the border into Turkey. They opened fire on the soldiers, who tried to prevent their passage.