A Syrian boy who lost a leg while shepherding sheep was sent to Israel for treatment, where he’s captured the hearts of 6 medical students that are doing their best to make him feel loved & cared for.
By Danny Brenner
The boy, who is undergoing extensive treatment in the hospital’s orthopedics department, lost a leg in an explosion while tending to his family’s herd of sheep. His other leg was also badly injured in the blast and he suffers from serious burns.
The young Syrian boy and his “family” of six medical students at Baruch Padeh Medical Center – Photo: Maya Tzaban, Baruch Padeh Medical Center
He was brought to Israel for medical care, where he underwent a series of surgeries, with several more expected over the next few months.
The young boy has no family or friends in Israel, and though they have seen several Syrians treated at Baruch Padeh Medical Center since beginning their residencies there, these six students felt compelled to provide him with a sense of family, love and security.
They visit him, play with him and accompany him to appointments and surgeries. Over the past few days, they put together a few thousand shekels of their own money and bought him headphones and a digital tablet loaded with games, radio shows and movies in Arabic.
Three of the students, Yuval Yaniv, Maya Shimshi-Barashi and Eyal Shach, say his story simply touched their hearts.
“The way he fought for his life, the way he is dealing with the situation — going into surgeries and everything all by himself, no mom or dad,” is really touching, said Shach.
The boy said he is grateful for his new family of medical students and for the care he has received so far. He also said he loves his new tablet and would like to take it home after he gets better.
View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=24443