Life after an amputation
A year ago, Ahed had to have his right leg amputated. Since then, Manal, a physical therapist at the Zarqa Rehabilitation Center in Jordan has helped him learn to walk again. She has also taught him exercises to strengthen his leg muscles at home.
The sessions have enabled Ahed to keep his balance and move around on crutches. "I thought it would take me at least three years to walk again but it took me just four months," says Ahed.
Personalized rehabilitation program
The partnership between the Zarqa center and Humanity & Inclusion has enabled Ahed to benefit from many services free of charge, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, the orthopedic fitting of his prosthesis and psychological support, as part of the comprehensive support HI provides to patients.
For HI, it is important to organize rehabilitation programs in consultation with patients, starting with his or her motivation and goals. Ahed is already in a much better condition psychologically. The team describes him as a new man:
"At first, I wasn’t at all motivated. I felt there was nothing that could be done. But everything has changed and today I know I can do anything. I could even run if I wanted to," adds Ahed.
HI organizes group therapy sessions. They give patients with the same disorders the chance to meet each other. Ahed has come out of his shell and met other people in a similar situation.
The group’s members realized Ahed’s amputation was causing him a lot of distress. They encouraged him to continue with his rehabilitation sessions and visited him to cheer him up. The group gives amputee patients the chance to witness each stage in the rehabilitation process and to see the practical steps people take to achieve their goals.
"I wanted to be like everyone else, to socialize and get out of the house. But right after my amputation my health got worse and I had to start dialysis to keep my kidneys functioning. I was depressed. When I met other amputee patients, I felt much more motivated. I thought: if he can walk, why can't I?" explains Ahed.
Thanks to his physical therapy sessions and orthopedic devices, Ahed can now move around by himself.