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Hope For War-Wounded Patients Needing Reconstructive Surgery

08 September 2016

A patient enters the new MSF Specialized Hospital for Reconstructive Surgery in Amman. In addition to free medical and psychosocial care, patients are also given accommodations on site and financial travel assistance to reach the hospital and return home after or in between treatments. MSF has admitted more than 3,700 patients in its program since 2006. Photo: Ali Jarikji/MSF

A patient receives physiotherapy for her injured leg. "Our highest patient numbers are currently from Syria," said Marc Schakal, MSF head of mission in Amman, "followed by Yemen and Iraq. The people of these countries have already witnessed and experienced so much suffering. Photo: Ali Jarikji/MSF

MSF has conducted more than 134,620 physiotherapy procedures for patients in Amman since 2006. Physiotherapy is essential for surgery patients to regain strength and mobility and the use of their injured limbs. Photo: Ali Jarikji/MSF

Young patients play togther at the Amman hospital. The care package MSF offers its patients includes physiotherapy and psychosocial support alongside surgical interventions. MSF teams have given more than 45,660 psychosocial sessions in Amman since 2006. Photo: Ali Jarikji/MSF

Mustafa Irshaid, from Syria, was severely injured when a missile fell near the restaurant where his father worked and where Mustafa helped out after school. One of his arms and a lower leg had to be amputated after the injury. He has been receiving treatment from MSF in Amman since 2014; the goal is to help him regain the strength and mobility needed to stand up and leave his wheel chair behind one day. Photo: MSF

"Our team conducts microsurgeries, which involves three main types of surgeries: free flaps, nerve grafting, and hand surgery," said Dr. Ashraf Al Bostanji, head surgeon. "What makes this project stand out is implementing such a high level of technical expertise for war victims in the humanitarian medical field." MSF has admitted more than 3,700 patients and conducted over 8,238 surgeries at its project in Amman since 2006. Photo: Enass Abu Khalaf-Tuffaha/MSF

Fifteen-year-old Ahmad is from Iraq. He was injured when an ambushed car near his school building exploded. "This hospital has become a second home for me," he said. "I’ve made more friends here from the other patients than I have in Iraq." Photo: MSF

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has upgraded its reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan, to provide improved treatment to war-wounded patients from across the region.

MSF first established a specialized surgery project in Amman in 2006 to care for victims of the war in Iraq, which it later expanded to receive patients from Iraq, Gaza, Yemen, and Syria. The project has just reopened in a new, renovated structure; the hospital continues to be staffed by local and international experts in their fields.