GET Stock QuotesNews18 APP
News18 English
Powered by cricketnext logo
»
1-min read

First New Steps for Syrian Girl Who Used Tin Cans for Legs

Doctors hope Maya will be able to fully walk with her new prosthetic legs in three months, and they say that her father's determination made their work easier.

Reuters

Updated:July 7, 2018, 9:54 AM IST
facebookTwittergoogleskypewhatsapp
First New Steps for Syrian Girl Who Used Tin Cans for Legs
Maya Meri, 8, waits at a prosthetic center in Istanbul, Turkey, July 5, 2018. (Picture: Reuters)
Istanbul: Eight-year-old Maya Merhi, who was born with no legs, had to shuffle around a camp in northern Syria on makeshift limbs fashioned from old tubing and tin cans.

Now she is taking her first tentative steps in Istanbul on prosthetic legs, after images of her struggling in the tent encampment in Idlib appeared on social media and she was brought to Turkey.

A pair of artificial limbs for Maya Meri, 8, is seen at a prosthetic center in Istanbul, Turkey, July 5, 2018. Picture taken July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Her father Mohammed Merhi, who suffers from the same congenital disorder as his daughter, had fled fighting in the city of Aleppo with his wife and six children and took refuge in rebel-controlled Idlib.

Maya Meri, 8, waits with her father Muhammed Ali Meri at a prosthetic center in Istanbul, Turkey, July 5, 2018. Picture taken July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

"We faced many challenges, especially moving from the place we lived in tents... The situation in general was difficult," he said. "She was unable to walk so we had to create something for her to protect her from the ground," he said, referring to the improvised legs he designed from tubes and old tins of tuna.

Doctors hope Maya will be able to fully walk with her new prosthetic legs in three months, and they say that her father's determination made their work easier.

Maya Meri, 8, waits with her uncle Hussein at a prosthetic center in Istanbul, Turkey, July 5, 2018. Picture taken July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

"He did everything to make this child walk and God helped them," Turkish prosthetic specialist Mehmet Zeki Culcu said. "Normally nobody would believe she could walk with these makeshift limbs."

The Syrian conflict has displaced more than 11 million people, around half within Syria and half as refugees abroad - including more than 3.5 million in neighbouring Turkey.

Also Watch

| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
Read full article