“We were visiting relatives in February of 2013, and Worood was playing with her cousins in the living room,” Em Issa, Worood’s mother explains. “Suddenly we heard the sound of aircraft over the house. We tried to flee, but the cluster bombs had already exploded.
“Three children died and everyone had shrapnel wounds. I was also injured, but I ran to Worood and we were both rushed to the nearest hospital. The doctors did everything they could to save her arm, but it was too late.”
Today, Worood visits the rehabilitation center for another physical therapy session with Handicap International’s partner in Syria.
“I’d like to clap my hands like other children at school, in class, and when we play,” Worood says.
Her physical therapist explains that it will soon be possible: “Today we’re starting her eighth physical therapy session. When our teams met her, Worood had a lot of mobility problems with her shoulder. We’ve been working to strengthen her muscles to prepare her to be fitted with an artificial limb.”
Abou Issa is Worood’s father, and also drives an ambulance. “A new arm is going to change her life,” he says, delighted with the news. “Since her amputation, my daughter can’t do the same things as before."
Since early 2013, Handicap International has deployed rehabilitation teams and partners in Syria, where they've provided more than 25,000 physical therapy sessions to people with injuries and disabilities.