She teeters, she smiles: a Syrian child amputee walks again

REEM BALIKH, 6, teeters as she limps slowly up the steps to the clinic, struggling to find her balance.

Each step causes her great pain, but as she reaches the top, she beams a radiant smile. For the first time since last October she can walk.

The little girl’s tentative first steps on a prosthetic left foot given to her by British-Syrian surgeons were filmed last week at a clinic in Reyhanli, a Turkish town on the border with Syria.

“I couldn’t run after my toys before and now I can,” Reem said shyly. “When I grow up, I want to be a doctor so that I can also help people,” she said.

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