Shahid practices her balance using a walker in a rehab center

Doctors said she’d never walk

In 2011, as a two-year-old girl living in Syria, shrapnel struck the middle of Shahid's back. The spinal cord injury was severe, ultimately requiring many operations in Lebanon’s Bekaa Hospital.

At the time, doctors believed that she would never walk again. She learned to crawl to gain some independence, but was largely dependent on her aunt for most daily activities. Shahid had never gone to school because of her disability.

Another approach

Humanity & Inclusion conducted a physical therapy assessment to fully understand Shahid’s current situation and needs. Then the team developed a long-term treatment plan. This includes the provision and fitting of two leg supports (orthoses), a walker for short distances and a wheelchair for longer distances as well as regular physical therapy sessions.


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Just one month into her treatment plan, including eight physical therapy sessions, things have changed. Shahid started to regain mobility, and walks independently with the support of her assistive devices.

School at last

Humanity & Inclusion found an appropriate learning program for Shahid and she spent the summer catching up on her missed education.

“It feels amazing to be able to move my body and go to school to start my education,” she says. 

Humanity & Inclusion will support her to enroll at a public school. Her dream? “To study and become a doctor,” she says.

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