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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02936
Date : 26/05/2016
Caption : Gaza. The ICRC supports the artificial limb and polio centre. Doaa Yasseen, 11 years old, lost her right hand due to an unexploded remnant of war. Thanks to her new prosthesis the young girl can help her grandmother with domestic chores.
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Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website photo gallery, 15.07.2016: "When "toys" explode in Gaza. This young girl, from Gaza City, lost her right hand the noon of 6 May 2015. On her way home from school, she picked up an unexploded remnant from past conflicts. “I thought it was a toy before it exploded in my hand,” says Doaa. The doctor told her family if she was not transfer to the hospital in Nablus [in the West Bank] the amputation would be more severe. There, Doaa underwent eight surgical operations. Due to the complexity of the interventions, she was hospitalised for a total of 52 days.
Doaa first came into contact with the ICRC when they came to her school to talk about the dangers of unexploded remnants of war. These sessions aim to promote safe behaviour among students and teachers alike. When ICRC staff met Doaa and learnt about what had happened, they explained to her family that the Artificial Limbs and Polio Centre in Gaza City could fit her with an artificial hand.
After a few weeks, Doaa got her new hand. “Can I use nail polish on it?” was the first thing she asked the doctor. More than a year after the incident, Doaa is still adapting. The psychosocial support she receives at the Artificial Limbs and Polio Centre is helping her along the way.
Doaa's grandmother stayed with Doaa during her 52-day stay in the hospital in Nablus."
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Resolution : 4723x3150
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour