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Syrian girl hopes to walk again in Turkey

8-year-old Fatma wants to get prosthetic leg in Turkey

Ahmet Karaahmet, Mehmet Burak Karacaoglu and Muhammed Temim Hocaoglu   | 22.11.2020
Syrian girl hopes to walk again in Turkey

IDLIB, Syria 

An eight-year-old Syrian girl who lost her leg is hoping to get treatment in Turkey and be able to walk again.

Fatma Nasuh lost her leg when she was only 3 years old and has been walking with crutches ever since.

She walks three kilometers (1.8 miles) with crutches everyday to go to school and wants to become a pediatrician who treats children who have lost their limbs.

Syrian girl with one leg walks 3km to get to school

IDLIB, SYRIA - NOVEMBER 19: Syrian 9-year-old Fatima Ahmed al-Mustafa who lost her left leg in an airstrike of Assad’s regime and its supporters, is seen in Idlib, Syria on November 19, 2020. Fatima, who moved with her family to a safer zone, close to the city center of Idlib, has to walk to school about 3 kilometers every day to continue her education. ( Muhammed Said - Anadolu Agency )

"Come rain or snow, she never misses a day of school," her mother, Sirin Nasuh said.

The girl lost her leg in a Russian airstrike south of Aleppo province.

Taken to hospital in an unconscious state, Fatma woke up to learn that she lost a leg and her two-year-old brother died in the attack that killed many civilians.

Sirin told Anadolu Agency they decided to migrate to the northern province of Idlib, after attacks on Aleppo by the regime intensified.

The mother of five said they are in financial difficulty as her husband is unable to work due to ill health.

* Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara

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