15 yr-old Syrian girl get up to walk after she underwent emergency surgery at Ziv Hospital in Safed for shrapnel wounds to her left leg & abdomen.
By Danny Brenner, Dan Lavie and Reuters
A 15-year-old Syrian girl with an amputated right leg and serious shrapnel wounds to her left leg and abdomen, who was treated at an Israeli hospital, shocked medical staff when she managed to walk only a day after undergoing major surgery. The teenager was wounded during clashes in the Syrian civil war and was transferred to Ziv Hospital in Safed for treatment.
The girl was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. She was hospitalized at the emergency pediatrics ward where she underwent surgery to save her left leg and repair the shrapnel damage to her abdomen and extremities.
On Tuesday, she stood for the first time since surgery on her left leg, which was also badly wounded, and with the help of special crutches, she managed to walk.
Dr. Alexander Lerner, director of the orthopedics department, said the girl’s smile after walking “thrilled the entire staff.”
Inside Syria, meanwhile, rebels captured a main military airport near the border with Turkey on Tuesday, consolidating their hold on a key supply route north of the city of Aleppo, opposition activists said.
The reported capture of the Minnig Military Airport, situated on the road between Aleppo and the Turkish city of Gaziantep, after an eight-month siege, marks an important symbolic victory for the opposition, following a string of defeats to President Bashar Assad’s forces in central Syria, the sources said.
“The airport has been fully liberated. The remnants of the Assad gangs are now being chased,” said a statement issued by nine brigades that took part in the operation, including the al Qaida-linked Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant and the hardline Islamist Tawhid Brigades.
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