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‘I feel like I’ve got my legs back’

After an unexploded ordnance accident, Imran receives rehabilitation care and new artificial limbs from Humanity & Inclusion’s specialists.

Imran, 7, was playing with his friends when the imaginable happened.

 “I was climbing the hill in Kohak village with my friends,” he explains. “I saw something strange and when I touched it, it blew up.”

Imran’s father took him to Mirwais Regional Hospital, where he was admitted for surgery. Imran’s injuries were so severe that doctors amputated both of the boy’s legs.

As Imran recovered from the operation, he was referred to Humanity & Inclusion’s rehabilitation center in Kandahar, Afghanistan. There, measurements were taken to make him two custom-fit artificial limbs. After he was fitted, Humanity & Inclusions’s physical therapists helped him strengthen his muscles to walk again. He also received a wheelchair to assist him with his daily living. 

Imran is returning back to his routine.

“I feel like I’ve got my legs back,” Imran exclaims. “I can walk again and play with my friends.”  

Imran’s father, who is a driver for a living, is committed to supporting his family and his son’s recovery.

”I am committed to getting him back to school and will support him to finish his studies,” he says.

HI's rehabilitation center

Located in Kandahar, Humanity & Inclusion's rehabilitation center treats people with conflict-related injuries, often caused by explosive devices. Survivors of serious accidents, patients with diabetes-related amputations and people with polio are also among those receive physical therapy services. The center is staffed by 52 professionals specializing in physical therapy or psychosocial support work. It is the only rehabilitation center in southern Afghanistan.

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